Associated Disorders

Disorders that commonly co-occur with DCD include:

  • Speech and language disorders.
  • Learning disorders (especially reading and writing).
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – up to 50% co-occurrence.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Mental Health Disorders.

The co-existence of co-occurring disorders can sometimes make diagnosis more difficult.

Common Difficulties Experienced

DCD leads to impaired ability to perform activities of daily living. The effects of DCD increase with co-occurring conditions. Difficulties often experienced include:

  • Reduced participation in team play and sports.
  • Poor self esteem.
  • Poor sense of self worth.
  • Emotional and behavioural problems.
  • Impaired academic achievement.
  • Poor physical fitness.
  • Reduced physical activity.
  • Obesity and health related consequences.

Quotes from parents

She loves doing things aimed at her level, unlike sports at school where she is quiet often out of her league. She hops in the car and states sometimes ‘I broke my record’ and that gives her a sense of achievement. I watch her at the end of her classes (AMPitup) and see her big smile, which is lovely to see

School has been very difficult this year.  AMPitup has come at just the right time for him, as he has grown and developed physically so much in the last 6-12 months.