This book presents the latest evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing movement disorders in children. Uniquely, children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and children with movement difficulties as a co-occurring secondary characteristic of another development disorder, including ADHD, ASD, and Dyslexia, are discussed. It will prove a valuable guide for anybody working with children with movement difficulties, including clinicians, teachers and parents.
- Guidelines are underpinned by motor learning theory, empiricism and professional practice
- Case studies demonstrate the adaptability of these guidelines and show how they may be applied to children of different ages, abilities, and environments
- Includes interviews of thirteen notable clinicians and academics with intervention methodologies from around the world.
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A Practical Guide from Mac Keith Press
1 The nature of movement difficulties and developmental disorders
2 Principles from motor learning
3 Assessment and intervention
4 Assessment and other information: Case studies
5 From profiles through objectives to action
6 Specific intervention guideline
7 Case studies: Support and intervention
8 Interviews with notable clinicians and academics on intervention methodologies
9 At a glance: Moving forward in the right direction
This book is dedicated to Emeritus Professor David Sugden, who died in 2019. In his long career, he was committed to academic research and associated clinical applications. Both authors have specialised in the study of motor learning and development, assessment and intervention. This text is aimed at professionals, parents and others who work with children showing movement difficulties, with the core of the text focusing on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
Chapters include: ‘Principles from motor learning’, Assessment and other information: Case studies’, ‘From profiles through objectives to action’, ‘Specific intervention guidelines’ and ‘Interviews with other professionals’.
The authors point out that motor difficulties are often a co-occurring problem in those diagnosed with disorders such as dyslexia, ADHD, ASD and DLD (Developmental Language Disorder). They state that research shows that, without intervention, most of these children have problems that persist into adulthood. The chapters that outline how to enact a support and intervention programme are particularly interesting in terms of the guidelines and strategies that are described through the use of case studies of children of varying ages. The book includes interviews from professional clinicians and academics that provides insights into identification and to explore how they work and interact with children in a personal or clinical setting. This helps to provide the reader with a wider perspective on the ways that children can be supported, using methodical practices. This is an excellent overview of the latest evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing these barriers to teaching children.
'This book is a wonderful follow-up to Dr. Sugden previous books. It is small, lightweight, and filled with useful, current information pertaining to evidence-based intervention strategies that clinicians, parents, therapists, and teachers can use to inform best practices for the people they serve. Sadly, Dr. Sugden died prior to the book's release, and he leaves behind an incredible legacy with this book. This book would make a lovely gift to anyone working with children with movement difficulties. '
Natasha Smet, OTD, OTR/L, A. T. Still University
'The book includes a multifaceted collection of interviews with professionals in the field. These interviews illustrate a variety of the topics covered in the practical guide. I found them interesting, though mostly descriptive. Overall, this Practical Guide and its companion Clinic in Developmental Medicine focus on motor activity as related to all aspects of development, and this perspective is essential to keep in mind in both clinical practice and research. As the authors state: ‘. . . movement is a crucial part of our lives, not only in its own right, but also in its contribution to other abilities’. Movement Difficulties in Developmental Disorders will be useful to many clinicians with an interest in DCD and related disorders, and to parents and teachers. They will all benefit particularly from the case studies, which are a strength of this practical guide.'
Margaret Mayston, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2020