A motor skills disorder is the inability of a child or young adult to have adequate coordination. This makes it difficult to complete certain activities, such as playing catch with others on their level and walking correctly without assistance in everyday tasks like grocery shopping. Motor skill disorders can also be known by different names including developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
Causes Of Motor Skill Disorder
It’s never easy to understand the causes of such a complex disorder, but it may be linked with brain development. People who have DCD generally don’t show any other signs or symptoms that would explain their unusual behavior patterns —in some cases, these kids can even develop ADD/ADHD or intellectual disabilities later on down the line! However, those are not associated disorders.
People with motor skills disorder have normal intelligence. However, they may become more clumsy as time goes on and this can cause others to think that the individual is incompetent or unintelligent because he/she cannot perform basic tasks anymore. DCD could be considered a childhood disorder but it continues into adulthood for some people who suffer from it!
Symptoms Of Motor Skill Disorder
One of the most challenging things about DCD is determining when a child has it because symptoms vary so much between individuals. Most children don’t display any signs until they’ve reached 5 years old or older, but some may show as early as age 3!
Motor skill disorder symptoms may appear soon after birth. Newborns may have difficulty learning to suck and swallow milk. Toddlers may be slow to learn to roll over, sit, crawl, walk, and talk.
Symptoms of the disorder may become more noticeable as you enter school. Symptoms of DCD may include:
- A shaky walk.
- Having trouble going down the stairs.
- Flinging objects.
- Mingling with others.
- Trips on a regular basis.
Learn more about the causes of developmental disabilities with NJDDC.ORG.