About this blog.

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months. I created this blog to bring meaning to the often-confusing label. Sometimes I have answers. Other times, just more questions.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Relationship between DCD and Language Impairment

When Brad was first flagged with DCD, I was confused by the terminology and seemingly conflicting information. Dyspraxia, which is not an official diagnosis, is a broader term, and includes within its scope symptoms such as language delay and social impairment. DCD, by contrast, is defined as a pure motor coordination impairment.

Since then, I've discovered that, although DCD is defined as a pure motor coordination impairment, studies have shown a strong correlation between DCD and language impairment. See, e.g. Comparing Language Profiles: Children with Specific Language Impairment and Developmental Coordination Disorder; Early Identification: Are toddlers with Speech/Language Impairments at Increased Risk for Developmental Coordination Disorder?

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