Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) – State of the Art


Date: 1st June 2016, 8.00am to 12am
Venue: Karolinska hospital, Stockholm

DCD is the most common motor disorder in childhood with a prevalence of about 5-6%. Despite this, the etiology is still unclear and approaches to assessment and treatment are still much debated.

In 2011, the first international evidence- and consensus-based practice recommendations on DCD were published. In 2016, an update of recent developments in DCD research will be completed and the most recent findings and recommendations in different areas of DCD will be presented by international experts from different disciplines. Building on the previous recommendations from 2011, a larger panel of experts from all continents have brought together the various strands of current science and practice and agreed upon a consensus on best-practice recommendations.

Five international working groups reviewed the following areas:

  1. mechanisms and understanding of DCD
  2. definition and assessment
  3. intervention strategies
  4. psychosocial aspects
  5. adolescents and adults with DCD


Prof. Peter Wilson
Australian Catholic University, Australia
How can DCD be explained?
Peter Wilson will give an overview of recent findings in behavioural, neurophysiological and neuroimaging studies on DCD. The findings will be related to those of other learning disorders, and the specificity of the results for DCD will be discussed.
Prof. Rainer Blank
University of Heidelberg, Germany
How should DCD be assessed?
Rainer Blank will present the current criteria and definition of DCD. Based on current criteria, the international recommendations for assessment of DCD and the assessment strategy will be reviewed.
Prof. Bouwien Smits-Engelsman Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium How should DCD be treated?
Bouwien Smits-Engelsman will give an overview of existing evidence on treatment options. Should all children with DCD be treated as “flowers from the same garden”? Further, she will discuss the planning and evaluation of intervention in the individual child.
 10.00-10.20  Coffee 
Prof. John Cairney
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada
What are the psychosocial aspects of DCD?
John Cairney will emphasize the role of co-occurring psychosocial issues in DCD and the consequences for treatment and education of children and adolescents with DCD.
Prof. Amanda Kirby
University of Wales, Great Britain
What makes DCD to a lifelong multisystem disorder?
Amanda Kirby will shift the view from DCD as a childhood disorder towards DCD as a lifelong multisystem disorder. She will explain critical adaptations of the international recommendations for adolescents and adults.
 11.40-12.15  Lunch and discussion in small groups


Prof. Dr. Rainer Blank, Child Centre Maulbronn and University of Heidelberg, Germany, mail:
Registration fee incl. coffee and lunch