Problems with sucking and swallowing during first year of life
Problems with gross motor coordination (for example, jumping, hopping, or standing on one foot)
Problems with fine motor coordination (for example, writing, using scissors, tying shoelaces, or tapping one finger to another)
Signs and tests
Physical causes and other types of learning disabilities must be ruled out before the diagnosis can be confirmed.
Physical education and perceptual motor training are the best ways to treat coordination disorder. Using a computer to take notes may help children who have trouble writing.
Children with developmental coordination disorder are three times more likely to be overweight than other children their age. Encouraging physical activity is important to prevent obesity.
How well a child does depends on the severity of the disorder. The disorder does not get worse over time. It usually continues into adulthood.
Low self-esteem resulting from poor ability at sports and teasing by other children
Weight gain as a result of not wanting to participate in physical activities (such as sports)
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with a health care provider if you are concerned about your child's development.
Families who are affected by this condition should try to recognize problems early and have them treated. Early treatment will lead to future success.
Nass R, Ross G. Developmental disabilities. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Neurology in Clinical Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2008:chap 65.
Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.