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A cross-country comparison of the impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Amy, De Roubaix, Ann, Desmyter, Jill, Zwicker, Priscila, Tamplain, Charikleia, Sinani ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8942-8780, Kine, Johansen, Kate, Wilmut and Melissa, Licari (2024) A cross-country comparison of the impact of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). In: International Society of Research and Advocacy for Developmental Coordination Disorder (ISRA-DCD) – 15th biannual conference International Motor Development Research Consortium (I-MDRC) – 6th assembly, 5-8 June 2024, Ghent.

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Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder affecting
one in 20 children, yet it is under-recognised and under-supported. To raise awareness of the
challenges associated with DCD and to improve support, an international campaign has been launched
– Impact for DCD. National surveys have been completed across 6 countries to date, examining
challenges relating to diagnosis, function, participation, education, therapy, and the socio-emotional
impact on the child and family. Findings from this large-scale international dataset (based on N =
2000 children: Australia n = 443; Belgium n = 491; Canada n = 488; Sweden n = 106; United
Kingdom n = 240; United States of America n = 232) will be shared, accompanied by parental lived
experiences. Key findings across the countries will be presented, including barriers to diagnosis, the
use of inconsistent terminology, limited funding for support, lack of awareness, and high rates of
mental health issues. We will explore similarities and differences between countries and delve into
possible underlying factors contributing to these findings and possible (inter)national solutions.
The ‘ImpACT for DCD’ is a research initiative by academics and stakeholders to measure the IMPact
of DCD and to assist in the initiation of the ACTion required for change. The results can support
efforts for increased awareness and availability of services. It empowers individuals to know that they
are not alone in facing these challenges.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Status: Published
Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM695 Physical therapy. Occupational therapy
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134

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