Developmental Coordination Disorder: Screening and Intervention (PHAST I)
Developmental Coordination Disorder: Examination of a feasible screening and intervention for clumsy children (PHAST I)
Five to six percent of children have a little recognized chronic health condition known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Children with DCD often have trouble performing everyday activities such as handwriting, using scissors, doing up buttons or zippers, opening juice-boxes, putting things in their knapsack, or climbing the stairs. These children have been found to shy away from physical activity due to their poor fine and gross motor skills. The PHAST I study found that children with DCD were at an elevated risk for major risk factors of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes including: overweight/obesity and poor aerobic capacity.