Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
DCD is a common mental health condition.
For over 35 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 7-8% of the population and is far more prevalent than a condition like autism/ASD.
Yes. Shockingly, DCD affects more than 1 in 15 people!
Even with this high prevalence rate, DCD is widely under-identified by medical 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.
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Specialized DCD Services
Given her multidisciplinary training and decades of professional experience, Dr. Kamps is exceptionally qualified to offer DCD services and supports to individuals/families. DCD service options include:
- Full psycho-educational assessments and related tests to confirm/rule out the presence of DCD; final written report will include numerous recommendations for improving day-to-day functioning in various settings
- Review of client file as it pertains to DCD (evaluate former test results and reports for the presence of DCD-type features) and offer a path forward
- Explain and clarify diagnostic decisions (including differential precision) as it pertains to DCD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger’s, and/or other forms of sub-threshold or high functioning autism (HFA)
- Consultation services for clients or families who are seeking greater clarity, information about, or services for DCD
- One-on-one counselling or other intervention services for individuals (and families) impacted by DCD
- Workshops, presentations and other professional development about DCD