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Understanding Motor Behaviour in Developmental Coordination Disorder

1st Edition

Edited by Anna Barnett, Elisabeth Hill


194 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Although Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD, sometimes referred to as ‘Dyspraxia’) has received less attention than other developmental disorders, its impact can be severe and long-lasting. This volume takes a unique approach, pairing companion chapters from international experts in motor behaviour with experts in DCD. Current understanding of the motor aspects of DCD are thus considered in the context of general motor behaviour research.

Understanding Motor Behaviour in Developmental Coordination Disorder offers an overview of theoretical and methodological issues relating to motor development, motor control and skill acquisition, genetics, physical education and occupational therapy. Critically, Barnett and Hill ground DCD research within what is known about motor behaviour and typical development, allowing readers to evaluate the nature and extent of work on DCD and to identify areas for future research.

This unique approach makes the book invaluable for students in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, movement science, physiotherapy, physical education, and special education, as well as researchers and professionals working in those fields.

Table of Contents

Section One: 1. The synergetic, probabilistic pathways of typical motor development. 2. Developmental progression in DCD. 3. Movement coordination, control and skill development 4. Movement control and skill acquisition in DCD.

Section Two: 5. Genetic contributions to neurodevelopmental disorders 6. Biological and genetic factors in DCD

Section Three: 7. Adapted Physical Activity in Physical Education 8. Physical Education and activity in children and adolescents with DCD 9. Occupational Therapy: current approaches 10. Occupational Therapy for children with DCD

With contributions from: Barnett, A. L. – Oxford Brookes University, UK; Block, M. E. – University of Virginia, USA; Getchell, N. - University of Delaware, USA; Hands, B. - University of Notre Dame, Australia; Haywood, K. - University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA; Hill, E. – Goldsmiths, University of London, UK; Kennedy-Behr, A. – University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; Law, C. - Oxford Brookes University, UK; Licari, M. - Curtin University, Australia; Newbury, D. – Oxford Brookes University, UK; Newell, K. M. – University of Georgia, USA; Pacheco. M.M. – University of Georgia, USA; Parker, H. - University of Notre Dame, Australia; Piek, J. – Curtin University, Australia; Rigoli, D. - Curtin University, Australia; Rodger, S. – University of Queensland, Australia; Stuart, N. – Oxford Brookes University, UK; Wilmut, K. – Oxford Brookes University, UK.

About the Editors

Anna L. Barnett is Professor of Psychology at Oxford Brookes University. Her general area of interest is perceptual-motor development, which focuses on various aspects of DCD - including diagnosis and assessment in children and adults with this condition.

Elisabeth L. Hill is Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses primarily on DCD and the relationship between social and motor development in typical and atypical populations.

About the Series

Current Issues in Developmental Psychology

Current Issues in Developmental Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state-of-the-art areas of current and emerging interest in the psychological study of human development.

Each volume is tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

Example topics include: developmental disorders, implicit knowledge, gender development, word learning and categorisation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General