Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
DCD is a common mental health condition.
For over 30 years, DCD has been formally recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Unlike the ever-increasing rate of autism, the APA consistently reports that DCD affects nearly 6% of the population and is far more prevalent than a condition like autism/ASD.
Yes. Shockingly DCD affects more than 1 in 20 people!
Even with this high prevalence rate, DCD is widely under-identified by doctors and other professionals — and many parents or clients report they have never heard about DCD. Additionally, very few mental health clinicians know about, understand, or have specialized in this common neurodevelopmental condition. Consequently, many individuals may be misdiagnosed with other conditions [e.g., ASD, high functioning autism (HFA), Asperger's, ADHD, learning disorders, and other emotional or behavioural disorders, etc.].
Thankfully however, with proper diagnosis and intervention, individuals with DCD can thrive in our society and contribute a great deal to our world. A devoted champion for anyone marginalized due to their incoordination, Dr. Kamps is distinctly recognized by her peers and others as an international expert and leader in assessing and treating persons with DCD.
Are you curious about your child's underlying difficulties? Or, has your child been diagnosed with a condition that does not quite capture the symptoms you see?
Perhaps you sense the current diagnosis still lacks a full explanation of your child’s difficulties. Have you ever noticed that your child, though bright and capable in many other ways, may be clumsier than their peers, has trouble with fine motor control, displays unexpected emotional meltdowns, struggles socially, or experiences heightened anxiety? There can be many reasons for these behaviours, but one possible explanation could be DCD.