What Can We Do to Promote Mental Health Among Individuals With Developmental Coordination Disorder?

Priscila Tamplain, Haylie L. Miller

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Abstract

Purpose of the Review: It is well-documented that individuals with DCD experience mental health problems, in both psychosocial and psychiatric domains. In this review, we propose a series of diverse options to improve mental health among individuals with DCD. Recent Findings: Despite recognition of mental health problems in DCD, relatively little work has been done to develop effective interventions. There is an urgent need for action in this matter. We present and discuss options based on a societal perspective (awareness and understanding), parental perspective (access to services and resources), and child perspective (participation). Summary: In order to improve mental health, interventions must take into account multiple levels in a complex framework that includes community, family, and the individual. While more research on intervention effectiveness is necessary, researchers, practitioners, and community advocates can use existing initiatives as a starting point to address the urgent need for improving mental health in DCD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Developmental Disorders Reports
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • DCD
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Developmental disorder
  • Interventions
  • Mental health
  • Motor skills

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