Nearly 6% of students have some degree of DCD, including up to 50% of students with speech-language disorders. The disability is in the motor domain as these students have average to above average intelligence.
* Presents the basic principles associated with motor skill development
* Examines the possible causes of motor difficulties by examining symptoms such as:
o speech delays
o poor handwriting
o weak gross and fine motor skills
o clumsiness and awkwardness
* Thoroughly explains developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and its link to speech and language disorders
* Identifies the speech-language pathologist’s role in the diagnosis and treatment of DCD
* Explains how motor problems impact functioning in other domains of behavior
* Identifies the types of behaviors associated with poor motor skills
* Explains the types of problems children with DCD may exhibit
* Describes the effect of poor motor coordination on psychosocial development and academic performance
* Supports a metacognitive approach to intervention
* Outlines therapy strategies to help children with DCD
o the four criteria for diagnosing DCD from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text revision, 2000, from the American Psychiatric Association
o the developmental motor skill milestones to help parents, colleagues, and physicians understand the long-term effects of DCD
o a glossary of terms with examples to clarify meanings
o 24 factors that can influence the acquisition of motor skills and the impact of each one
o valuable summary and list of references at the end of each chapter
o checklists of common motor skill behaviors
o two case studies that demonstrate the importance of an accurate, timely diagnosis of motor difficulties
o description of DCD and AD/HD, learning disorders, nonverbal learning disorders (NLD), Asperger’s syndrome, and the slow learner
o easy-to-read, non-technical presentation with the latest practical information
o various treatment approaches based on the child’s environments including:
+ 3 motor skill training approaches
+ questions to consider before beginning training
+ general recommendations for parents/caregivers
+ strategies for school personnel
+ strategies within the community
+ specific teaching strategies and tips for the professional
My son was slow to learn to stand and walk, and his speech was very delayed. He learned to run, but he can’t yet throw or catch a ball properly.
My student has a poor self-concept. He is clumsy and avoids physical activities. He has very few friends and I’m concerned about him.
My daughter prefers to wear sweatpants and T-shirts because they are easier for her to slip on rather than having to deal with clothes that have zippers or buttons. She writes slowly and awkwardly, and she is having trouble using a keyboard.
These children are exhibiting Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a serious difficulty in motor skill development that affects the whole child. Associated conditions can include apraxia, NLD, specific language impairment, sensory integration disorder, and mixed expressive-receptive language disorder.
Students on your speech-language caseload may be struggling with DCD, especially those who were late talkers or exhibit dysfluent speech, oral-motor articulation deficits, problems pronouncing word syllables in the correct order, specific problems with word retrieval, or difficulty planning and constructing sentences. Learn how to help these students with the excellent information provided in this Source.
This Source provides you with the latest practical intervention for DCD. Chapters cover basic information on the motor skills development and difficulties, along with intervention approaches and strategies. You’ll be the instant expert on this challenging disorder.
187 pages, references, checklists, CD-ROM
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