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Unlocking the Potential: How SLPs Can Help Identify Developmental Coordination Disorder

Unlocking the Potential: How SLPs Can Help Identify Developmental Coordination Disorder

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are uniquely positioned to assist in the early identification of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) in children. According to the research article "Recognizing and Referring Children at Risk for Developmental Coordination Disorder: Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist" by Cheryl Missiuna, B. Robin Gaines, and Nancy Pollock, SLPs can play a pivotal role in recognizing and referring children who exhibit motor coordination difficulties.

Early identification of DCD is crucial as it can significantly impact a child's social, academic, and emotional development. Research indicates that many children with speech-language delays also have concomitant motor coordination difficulties, which, if left untreated, may affect their later progress. This article outlines several key strategies and observations that SLPs can use to identify children at risk for DCD.

Key Observations for SLPs

SLPs should be vigilant in observing the following behaviors during their sessions:

Practical Tips for SLPs

SLPs can enhance their practice by implementing the following strategies:

Encouraging Further Research

SLPs are encouraged to delve deeper into the topic of DCD and its impact on children with speech-language delays. Further research and professional development can enhance their ability to identify and support children at risk for DCD, ultimately leading to better outcomes for these children.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Recognizing and Referring Children at Risk for Developmental Coordination Disorder: Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist.

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