HandTutor used to treat Developmental coordination disorder

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Developmental coordination disorder

Definition

Developmental coordination disorder is a childhood disorder that leads to poor coordination and clumsiness.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

About 6% of school-age children have some kind of developmental coordination disorder. Children with this disorder may:

  • Have trouble holding objects
  • Have an unsteady walk
  • Run into other children
  • Trip over their own feet

Developmental coordination disorder may occur alone or with other learning disorders, such as communication disorders or disorder of written expression.

Symptoms

Children with developmental coordination disorder have difficulties with motor coordination compared to other children the same age. Some common symptoms include:

  • Clumsiness
  • Delays in sitting up, crawling, and walking
  • 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.

Complications

  • Learning problems
  • Low self-esteem resulting from poor ability at sports and teasing by other children
  • Repeated injuries
  • Weight gain as a result of not wanting to participate in physical activities (such as sports)

Treatments

The HandTutor system has been shown to improve fine motor movement ability in patients with DCD.

 

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