Here are several, research based, helpful intervention tips to follow when working with children with developmental coordination disorder:
- Encourage practice of functional tasks required in the daily routine and everyday life.
- Practice multiple, short sessions versus one long session i.e. practice a skill 5 minutes per day versus 35 minutes/week.
- Vary the practice sessions.
- Facilitate the use of cognitive strategies. Ask the child to set goals, to self check skills and problem solve.
- Break down large tasks into smaller chunks.
- Use movement activities in different social settings in order for child to practice skills in a group setting.
- Change the rules of games in order for the child to participate if necessary (i.e. change the size of a basketball hoop to be larger or lower down to the ground).
- Differentiate the levels of activities if necessary. (i.e some students speed walk some students skip during a game of tag).
- Little by little, increase the difficulty of the skills being taught. Change one aspect of the skill at a time. For example, practice kicking a large, stationary ball. Next practice kicking a smaller stationary ball. Next, kick a large, moving ball from 10 feet.
- When the child begins to show progress offer praise and encouragement. Slowly reduce the amount of support you provide i.e. less verbal cues or decrease pre-teaching of skills.
Reference: UK DCD Concensus. Information for Allied Health Professionals on DCD. Retrieved from the web on 2/7/14 at http://www.movementmattersuk.org/dcd-dyspraxia-adhd-spld/developmental-disorders-documentation/information-for-allied-health-professionals.aspx.
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