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Developmental coordination disorder

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Developmental coordination disorder is a childhood disorder that leads to poor coordination and clumsiness.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

About 6% of school-age children have some kind of developmental coordination disorder. Children with this disorder may:

  • Have trouble holding objects
  • Have an unsteady walk
  • Run into other children
  • Trip over their own feet

Developmental coordination disorder may occur alone or with other learning disorders, such as communication disorders or disorder of written expression.

Review Date: 11/02/2010
Reviewed By: Jennifer K. Mannheim, ARNP, Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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