The Canadian Medical Association Journal published research on a study of over 2000 children from 4th through 6th grades. The children were screened for coordination disorders. One hundred eleven children had a potential diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The 111 children exhibited a higher body mass index and waist circumference in 4th grade which persisted throughout the two years they were followed. In addition, the children with potential DCD were at greater risk of being overweight or obese.
As pediatric therapists, we can help to educate parents and teachers on the signs and risks of DCD. In additional to providing therapeutic treatment for children with DCD, therapists can suggest modifications, accommodations and suitable sports/ recreational/leisure activities to encourage physical activity in this population of children.
Reference: Cairney, John, Hay, John, Veldhuizen, Scott, Missiuna, Cheryl, Mahlberg, Nadilein, Faught, Brent E Trajectories of relative weight and waist circumference among children with and without developmental coordination disorder CMAJ 2010 0: cmaj.091454