The Journal of Motor Learning and Development published a review to identify the types of interventions in physical therapy contexts used in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and whether these interventions are effective. The systemic search revealed 29 articles of moderate to good quality to analyze. The results indicated that:
- task-oriented approaches as well as motor skill training–based interventions have shown beneficial effects in improving motor function in children with DCD.
- physical therapy interventions were effective compared to inaction.
The researchers recommend the use of task-oriented and traditional physical therapy interventions for children with DCD with clear goals and outcome measures for individual children.
Reference: Offor, N., Ossom Williamson, P., & Caçola, P. (2016). Effectiveness of Interventions for Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder in Physical Therapy Contexts: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4(2), 169-196.
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