Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD) / dyspraxia can cause a wide range of problems. Some of these may be noticeable at an early age, while others may only become obvious as your child gets older.
Delays in reaching normal developmental milestones can be an early sign of DCD in young children. For example, your child may take slightly longer than expected to roll over, sit, crawl or walk.
Problems with movement and co-ordination are the main symptoms of DCD. A child with DCD may appear awkward and clumsy as they may bump into objects, drop things and fall over a lot. But this in itself isn't necessarily a sign of DCD, as many children who appear clumsy actually have all the normal movement (motor) skills for their age.
Children may have difficulty with:
As well as difficulties related to movement and co-ordination, children with DCD can also have other problems such as:
To formally assess for DCD we would complete the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2 (MABC2). This can be completed for children aged 3-16 years old. From there a formal report would be written which can be shared with relevant agencies.