Journal article

Motor impairments in children: More than just the clumsy child

Alicia J Spittle, Tara FitzGerald, Benjamin Mentiplay, Jacqueline Williams, Melissa Licari

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Developmental co-ordination disorder is a motor skill disorder that affects an estimated 5-6% of children but lacks recognition and understanding, leading to under-diagnosis. Essential for diagnosis is a marked impairment in motor co-ordination that significantly impacts daily living, including education. Although 'clumsiness' is often dismissed, the impact of this disorder is significant and extends beyond motor skills into physical and psychological health and educational and vocational success. This is discussed here with regard to the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. This review also discusses the importance of an accurate, early diagno..

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