What impact does developmental coordination disorder have on daily routines?

J. Summers, Dawne Larkin, D. Dewey

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    In order to understand how age and motor difficulties impact on daily routines, this qualitative investigation used focus groups and in-depth interviews with Australian and Canadian parents to examine the daily routines of younger (5 to 7 years of age) and older children (8 to 9 years of age) with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Parents were asked to describe the typical school-day routine, one that was not typical and how weekend routines differed. Daily routines were consistent across families and cultures. Older children were expected to participate more independently in the daily routine. The level of structure and assistance provided to children with DCD was greater, and the parents' expectations of independent performance were lower. Children with DCD required consistent prompting and more structure to complete the morning tasks within the allotted time. Children with DCD were reported to be much happier on weekends and holidays, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere free of the time pressures and tasks of a school-day routine. The main factors that modified participation in daily routines were the child's age and their motor difficulties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)131-141
    JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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