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, 27 (1), 81-101

A Trajectory of Troubles: Parents' Impressions of the Impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder

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A Trajectory of Troubles: Parents' Impressions of the Impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder

Cheryl Missiuna et al. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr.

Abstract

Objective: To explore parent perspectives regarding the early experiences of their children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Methods: A phenomenological approach was used to explore the meaning of developmental experiences for children with DCD and their families. Parents of 13 children with DCD, aged 6-14, were recruited through purposeful sampling. Parents completed two in-depth interviews, and a set of questionnaires. Transcripts and questionnaires were systematically coded to identify emergent themes.

Results: There was an evolution over time in the differences that parents noticed and the concerns that they had for their child. There seemed to be a progression from motor and play concerns in the early years, to self-care, academic and peer problems in middle childhood, to significant challenges with self-esteem and emotional health in later childhood.

Conclusions: Defining the developmental trajectory of children with DCD highlights the importance of understanding the impact of this disorder as it relates to developmental age and environmental expectations. Implications for early screening and increased awareness of health care professionals are discussed.

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