Talk to your GP, health visitor or special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) if you think your child has developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD).
They may refer your child to another professional who can help arrange an assessment.
This could be:
A doctor specialising in the care of children and babies, who will usually be based in your local community (Community Paediatrician).
A healthcare professional who can assess a child's functional abilities in daily living activities, such as handling cutlery and getting dressed.
A healthcare professional who can assess a child's movement (motor) skills.
A healthcare professional who specialises in the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions to deal with emotional problems.
A professional who assists children who are having difficulty progressing with their education as a result of emotional, psychological or behavioural factors
Other doctors who may be involved in this process include a neurodevelopmental paediatrician or a Paediatric Neurologist.
These are Paediatricians who also specialise in the development of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, nerves and spinal cord.
A Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician may work at a child development centre or local health clinics.
Occasionally, a Neurologist is needed to help rule out other conditions that affect the brain and nervous system (neurological conditions), which may be causing your child's symptoms.
It's important to get a correct diagnosis so you can develop a better understanding of your child's problems and appropriate support can be offered.
Getting a diagnosis can also help reduce the stress experienced by both parents and children with DCD.