Cheryl Missiuna, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University

The Domino Effect: Understanding the impact of coordination difficulties on children’s development.

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a syndrome that affects 5-6% of Canadian children yet is rarely recognized by educational and health professionals. In this qualitative study, 13 parents of children with DCD who were aged 6 to 14 years shared their observations and experiences through two indepth interviews. Emergent themes reflect a developmental trajectory that suggests that the coordination difficulties themselves are less of a concern than the behavioural, social and emotional complications that arise secondarily. Implications of these findings for early identification and intervention will be described.