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Dev Neuropsychol. 2011;36(5):614-43. doi: 10.1080/87565641.2011.560696.

Subtypes of developmental coordination disorder: research on their nature and etiology.

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University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France.


Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) are a group embracing clumsiness and developmental dyspraxia. Our study provides a better understanding of the nature of DCD and its etiology, and identifies subtypes of dyspraxia. Forty-three children with DCD (5-15 years) were enrolled on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed. [DSM-IV-TR]; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria. Extensive standardized evaluations were conducted. We distinguished from two patterns of "pure" developmental dyspraxia: ideomotor and visual-spatial/visual-constructional, and mix dyspraxia with more co-morbidities. Our study provides a better understanding of the nature of DCD, and sheds light on its etiology and brain dysfunction, so as to identify subtypes of developmental DCD/dyspraxia with specific clinical criteria.

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