Childhood difficulties with movement skills: understanding Developmental Coordination Disorder

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Childhood difficulties with movement skills

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Movement skills are a fundamental aspect of human behaviour, enabling us to perform everyday tasks, to express ourselves and to maintain our health and well-being. However, some children lack the movement skills they need to cope with the everyday demands of home and school, despite normal intellectual, sensory and neurological development.

Sometimes referred to as ‘dyspraxia’ or ‘clumsiness’, this condition is more properly called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).

Anna will draw on her own research to illustrate how psychologists have contributed to understanding this condition.

About the speaker


Anna Barnett is a Professor in Psychology at Oxford Brookes researching perceptualmotor development, with a special interest in both DCD and handwriting.

Her work focuses on the diagnosis and description of DCD, its impact on health and well-being and the development of tools to assist health and education professionals to identify and help children with movement and handwriting difficulties.

She has published widely on the diagnosis, assessment, description, and developmental course of DCD.

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