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Developmental Coordination  Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Developmental Coordination Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Developmental Coordination Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Developmental Coordination Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Developmental Coordination Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Developmental Coordination Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.


Diagnostic criteria for 315.4 Developmental Coordination Disorder 

A.   Performance in daily activities that require motor coordination is substantially below that expected given the person's chronological age and measured Intelligence. This may be manifested by marked delays in achieving motor milestones (e.g., walking, crawling. sitting), dropping things, "clumsiness," poor performance in sports, or poor handwriting.

B.  The disturbance in Criterion A significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living.

C.  The disturbance is not due to a general medical condition (e.g., cerebral palsy, hemiplegia. or muscular dystrophy) and does not meet criteria for a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

D.   If Mental Retardation is present, the motor difficulties are in excess of those usually associated with it. 

Coding Note: If a general medical (e.g.. neurological) condition or sensory deficit is present, code the condition on Axis IlI.

Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

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