Our research team is currently recruiting participants for studies targeting families and children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD):

1) Integrating Brain Imaging and Rehabilitation to Improve Outcomes for Children with Co-occurring DCD & Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

We are seeking children with Autism and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) or suspected DCD (8–12 years old) to participate in a magnetic resonance imaging study to compare brain structure and function between children with DCD and typically developing children.

Children with autism who also struggle to learn motor skills will receive 12 weeks of occupational therapy to work on child-specific motor goals. 

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2) Using transcranial direct-current stimulation to improve treatment outcomes for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Do you have a child with DCD between 7–12 years of age? This study aims to determine if non-invasive brain stimulation will improve learning of motor skills in children with DCD.

Our research team is interested in exploring if non-invasive brain stimulation will improve learning of motor skills in children with DCD. In addition, we want to find out if these improvements are maintained after 6 weeks.

This study involves two phases: assessment and training.

Assessment phase: you will attend two assessment sessions immediately before and after the three-session training phase. The last assessment session will be six weeks after the completion of training. In your first assessment session, your child will do some motor tests and a writing test while you fill out some questionnaires regarding their overall abilities. The two assessment sessions after intervention will be exactly the same as the first session.

Training phase: you will be randomly assigned to one of two intervention groups: an active stimulation group or a sham (fake) stimulation group. Random assignment means that you will be put into a group by chance. There is an equal chance of going into each group. Then, you will receive three sessions of brain stimulation (active or sham) during practice of a motor task for 10 minutes and then a writing task for 20 minutes. You will be seen on three consecutive days for 30 minutes by an occupational therapist at BC Children’s Hospital.

 

3) Developmental Coordination Disorder in preterm children: Examining brain changes with CO-OP Intervention

We are seeking children who were born very preterm (less than 32 weeks gestation) with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) or suspected DCD (8–12 years old) to participate in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study to compare brain structure and function before and after intervention. 

This study aims to understand the difference in the brain development in premature children who develop DCD compared to typically-developing children, as well as premature children who do not develop DCD, and to understand how their brain changes with rehabilitation. Your child will receive 12 weeks of occupational therapy to work on child-specific motor goals. 

For more information, click here.

 

4) Creating Profile of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) in British Columbia

Are you a child/youth with DCD or do you have a child with DCD? Consider participating in the DCD Research Database.

The purpose of the database is to create a profile of children with DCD in BC and to invite families in the database to participate in other studies. For more information, click here.

 

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