Proprioception in children with developmental coordination disorder

Lead investigator:
Yu-ting Tseng

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects up to 6% of all school-age children. Children with DCD have problems with coordinating  movements, they may have balance problems and show poor motor skill learning. DCD can significantly interfere with a child’s activities of daily living and academic performance. This study assessed wrist joint position sense in a cohort of Taiwanese middle school children. Its purpose was to provide comprehensive, objective data on the extent of proprioceptive impairment in children with DCD and to relate it to the observable motor deficits. We employed two well-established proprioceptive methods to address the sensory as well as the sensorimotor integration processing aspect of DCD. Results  document that children with DCD is associated with proprioceptive dysfunction of the wrist/hand complex, which likely contributes to the motor problems in children with DCD.