Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD) can't be cured, but there are ways your child can be helped to manage their problems.
A small group of children, usually those with mild symptoms of clumsiness, may eventually "grow out" of their symptoms.
But the vast majority of children need long-term help, and will continue to be affected as teenagers and adults.
Once DCD has been diagnosed, a treatment plan tailored to your child's particular difficulties can be drawn up, which may involve input from a variety of specialists.
This, combined with extra help at school, can help your child manage many of their physical difficulties, improve their general confidence and self-esteem, and enable them to become a well-adjusted adult.
A number of healthcare professionals may be involved in your child's care.
For example, your child may need help from a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, who can assess their abilities in daily activities, such as:
Children with DCD often have other conditions as well, which may need to be treated separately. The treatments for some of these related conditions are described below.
Looking after a child with DCD can be difficult. You may find it helpful to contact local or national support groups, such as the Dyspraxia Foundation.
The Dyspraxia Foundation has information and advice for parents of children with dyspraxia that covers many of the issues that may arise as your child gets older.