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Assessment of the Child with Suspected or Diagnosed DCD

presented by Robert Barnhart, PT, MS, ScDPT

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The key to any effective treatment is a well-organized and detailed assessment. In this course we will review the various assessment tools which can be used when assessing children who may have DCD. Complicating the assessment of DCD is the heterogeneous presentation and overlap with other pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders.

Meet Your Instructor

Robert Barnhart, PT, MS, ScDPT

Bob Barnhart is a Professor and the Director Physical Therapy program at Concordia University Wisconsin. He received his PT degree from Emory University (1979), his MS from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (1992), and his ScDPT from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2006). He was a board certified pediatric physical therapist (PCS 1997,…

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1. Components of Assessment of Children with DCD

This chapter will discuss the application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to the assessment of children with DCD. Specifically, the chapter will address best practice principles when assessing these children, including screening methods. The chapter concludes with a discussion regarding how to choose the best instrument for standardized measurements.

2. Screening Tools for DCD: Making Assessment More Efficient

This chapter will cover two popular screening tools and two potential tools for DCD. Screening children for DCD is an important first step before doing a full motor assessment

3. What Standardized Measure is Best?

In this chapter, we will review the common standardized testing measures used when assessing motor skills in children with suspected DCD. The following tools will be discussed: the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2 (M-ABC-2), the Bruninks-Osteretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOT-2) and the School Function Assessment (FSA).

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