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Dyspraxia / DCD in children

Checked: 12-08-2023 by 5 Rob Adams Next Review: 12-08-2025

Overview

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) - previously known as Dyspraxia - is a condition affecting physical co-ordination. It causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for their age, and appear to move clumsily.(1) 

Please see advice from the NHS on dyspraxia (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder) in children:

There is also some advice in Clinical Knowledge Summaries:

Remedy also has a Chapter on Development and Growth:

 

Adults

Please see the Dyspraxia in adults page.

Red Flags

Please see a list or Red Flags in children with musculoskeletal problems in CKS:

Assessment for red flags | Diagnosis | Developmental rheumatology in children | CKS | NICE

Referral

Parents should initially discuss concerns with their health visitor or school SENCO who may be able to give some general advice and support and should be able to refer on to children’s community services if necessary.

A GP or other professional can make a referral to community paediatrics via an SPE referral form. This should also be available as an EMIS template.

 

Resources

Support Groups:

 



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