Learning about developmental coordination disorder (DCD) in Special Education pt 1. Attempting to decode and assess a student’s work.
CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research offers workshops and various strategies on DCD.
DCD: a disorder in the body’s nervous system caused by structural or chemical abnormalities in the brain.
People with DCD experience a delay in development and motor skills, as well as difficulty in coordinating movements and performing common everyday tasks.
DCD affects 5-6% of school age children and tends to affect boys more than girls.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN THE CLASSROOM?
– provide students with many forms of manipulatives such as foam letters, letter tiles or letter stamps to help students with writing and spelling. Because of the delay in motor skills, students have trouble writing and holding a pencil.
– allowing students extra time for work or tests
– minimizing classroom distractions