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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

Assessment of Postural Stability in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder- Indian Context

  • Open or Close Ganapathy Sankar U1 and Monisha R2*

    1 Professor, SRM College of Occupational Therapy, India

    2 Assistant Professor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India

    *Corresponding author: Monisha R, Assistant Professor, SRM College of Physiotherapy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India

Submission: August 23, 2018; Published: October 15, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2018.03.000579

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume3 Issue5


“Clumsy” is often used by the parents and teachers handling the children with Developmental coordination disorder, they were physically awkward and socially not accepted by their age matched peer groups in the society. They were isolated because of their clumsiness and motor difficulty in achieving the daily task of living. These children have neurological soft sign; hypotonia is predominant in muscle groups [1]. They experience deterioration in physical activity as they age, because of the isolation from the society, they experience psychological symptoms like mood and anxiety disorder. Early identification of these children with developmental coordination disorder must be ruled out at the possible ways to avoid further consequences to the society and to the individual [2]. If these children left untreated without proper identification and treatment, they will be involved in malpractices and social negativism has been identified because of this population. When these children were assessed regarding the gait, previous researchers have identified that, they have frequent fall and difficulty in initiating the gait in new environment as they have trouble in crossing up the hurdles in their path [3]. In DCD, Coordination is predominantly below the normal range for the child’s age and intelligence (American Psychological Association, 1994). Prevalence of DCD is much higher than wellknown pediatrics conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. In DCD, poor coordination results in difficulties with motor skills. This negatively affects academic achievement and activities of daily living. If the motor coordination is unresolved, it can persist into adolescence [4]. Although DCD is well recognized by teachers and family members, but the precise characteristics of this condition, particularly it can define as a continuum of cerebral palsy is poorly understood.

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