Developmental Coordination Disorder in the classroom

Elisabeth HillLaura Crane and Emma Sumner are based at Goldsmiths Action Lab. Their research focuses on a range of neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly autism and developmental coordination disorder. Here they discuss the topic of an event which they hosted in November 2016 as part of the Festival of Social Science.

Elisabeth Hill

Elisabeth Hill

Laura Crane

Laura Crane

Emma Sumner

Emma Sumner

What did you do in the first five minutes that you were awake this morning? Perhaps you hit snooze on the alarm? Buried your head into the pillow? Got out of bed and walked to the bathroom? Turned on the lights? Put some clothes on and went downstairs?

Whatever you did, it would have involved motor skill (in some way, shape or form) before anything else. For most of us, motor skills are rather effortless. However, for others, motor skills can be a source of constant difficulty, and can have far-reaching implications for their everyday lives. Continue reading