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What is Developmental Coordination Disorder?

presented by Robert Barnhart, PT, MS, ScDPT

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Many children present with severe coordination problems which negatively impact their ability to successfully participate in school and recreation activities with their peers and complete age appropriate functional activities of daily living. This not only causes frustration for these children but also for their families and therapists who work with them. This course will review current theories regarding the causes of DCD. Additionally, epidemiology, risk factors and diagnostic criteria will also be discussed. General characteristics of children diagnosed with DCD will also be reviewed, including long term prognosis without intervention.

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. DCD Diagnostic Criteria

This chapter will discuss the diagnostic characteristics of DCD, and describes strategies for identifying behaviors which may qualify a child to be diagnosed with DCD.

2. Pathology of DCD

This chapter will compare and contrast the various theories regarding the pathology in various central nervous system/brain regions underlying DCD.

3. Characteristics of the Child with DCD

This chapter will describe the difficulties that occur when diagnosing a child with DCD. Finally, the typical behaviors children suspected of having DCD might demonstrate will be discussed.

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