Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia): Outcomes and Effectiveness

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia): Outcomes and Effectiveness

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Occupational therapy for children with developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia): outcomes and effectiveness.

Cardiff University, 2008. PhD.

The overall aim of this thesis is to identify methods of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of occupational therapy services to children with developmental coordination disorder and their families.

A method of applying the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV diagnostic criteria for developmental coordination disorder in a clinical setting is described. This process found that the majority (69%) of referrals were inappropriate. These included children whose difficulties could not be attributed to coordination as they scored above the fifteenth percentile on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (28%), children with general learning difficulties (21%) and other medical conditions (10%).

The similarities and differences between parent, teacher and child views of the impact of developmental coordination disorder on activities of daily living are assessed. Whilst parents, teachers and children all expressed concerns about schoolwork, the children's concerns give much more information about self-care, play and leisure tasks such as dressing, using cutlery, playing sports and riding a bike. …

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