Unveiling issues limiting participation of children with developmental coordination disorder: From early identification to insights for intervention

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Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a motor skill disorder affecting motor development in children. Part I employed a quantitative approach to validate the DCDQ-C. A total of 123 children in mainstream schools were recruited. Reliabilty analysis, Rasch model analysis, and exploratory factor analysis were conducted. Part II tested the hypothesis that the correlation between movement skills and sensory processing patterns of children with motor coordination problems was different to that for children without motor coordination problems. Fisher's r-to-z transformation was used to compare the correlation between the two groups. Part III used a case study approach to describe the activity participation of children with DCD. The motor performance, sensory problems, self-efficacy, and participation of the children at home, at school, and in the community were examined thoroughly. The DCDQ-C was confirmed to have favourable internal reliability and construct validity. The factor structured identified in this study was the same as the original scale. Through comparing the significant correlations between the DCD and typically developing groups, significant correlations were evidenced between poor fine motor and handwriting skills and low registration sensory processing pattern in the DCD group. The commonly reported difficulties among children with DCD were low emotional efficacy, low social self-efficacy, and difficulty participating in home- and community-based activities requiring fine motor, communication, or organizational skills. This study is significant as it assists therapists, teachers, and parents to a greater understanding of the underlying issues that may interfere with children's participation at home, at school, and in the community. Copyright © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-389
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Issue number3
Early online dateMar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Motor Skills Disorders
Self Efficacy
Psychomotor Performance
Motor Skills
Child Development
Identification (Psychology)
Reproducibility of Results
Statistical Factor Analysis


Chung, E. Y.-H. (2018). Unveiling issues limiting participation of children with developmental coordination disorder: From early identification to insights for intervention. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 30(3), 373–389. doi: 10.1007/s10882-018-9591-3


  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Participation
  • Sensory responsiveness
  • Self-efficacy