School of Health Sciences
Exercise Science: Fitness Specialist
occupational therapy, motor learning, developmental coordination disorder
Waller, Allyson, "Developmental Coordination Disorder: An Overview of Motor Learning, Etiology, and Intervention Strategies" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1319.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by motor impairments resulting from disrupted communication between the body’s nervous system and muscular system. Individuals affected with this disorder struggle with several physical, neurological, and psychological challenges and deal with decreased functionality in activities of daily living (ADLs). Proposed intervention strategies for this population are aimed at the holistic development of a child’s motor coordination skills that enable them to participate in ADLs. Therapeutic approaches involving task-oriented elements help promote positive skill transfer to the context of a child’s daily environment. For the best results, formal treatment should be supplemented by community support in the school and the home.