Exploring the subjective experience and the psychosocial interventions mothers utilise in managing a child presenting with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia.
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Developmental Coordination Disorder, often also referred to as Dyspraxia, can be described as a marked impairment in the development of motor coordination affecting daily activities, in the absence of neurological or intellectual dysfunction. Developmental Coordination Disorder is prevalent among 5 to 6% of the population of 5 to 11-year-old children. Primary studies report on psychosocial interventions for children presenting with DCD/Dyspraxia, however there is limited research available. The current study consisted of two phases: a systematic review (Phase 1) and a qualitative research study (Phase 2). The aim of the review was to systematically review previous research regarding psychosocial intervention strategies utilised with children presenting with Dyspraxia. This information was used to inform our understanding for the qualitative study (Phase 2) in terms of how parents manage this disorder in the home environment. The aim of this qualitative research study was to explore the subjective experience of mothers who have children presenting with Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia and the psychosocial interventions they use to manage the disorder in their home.