Subtypes of Developmental Coordination Disorder

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Deborah Hoare Australian Sports Commission

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Although the heterogeneity of children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) has been well documented, the search for subtypes within the DCD population with distinguishable profiles has been limited. The present study investigated whether a group of 80 children identified as having DCD could be classified into subtypes based on their performances on six perceptuo-motor tasks. Five clusters were identified and are discussed in terms of current understanding of DCD. This exploratory study supports the notion of heterogeneity within DCD samples, with five patterns of dysfunction emerging.

Deborah Hoare is with the Australian Sports Commission, P.O. Box 176, Belconnen, A.C.T. 2616, Australia.

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