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San Diego Centers for Pediatric Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy

San Diego: (619) 692-0622

Santee: (619) 749-7059


Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD) in Children

What are they?

These are delays in a child’s motor skills or a difficulty in a child’s ability to coordinate movements as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body.   

What are the key traits of DCD?

  • Affects 5-8% of school aged children to perform everyday tasks
  • Often occurs with a learning disability, ADHD, Speech and Language Disorder, and behavioral problems
  • Can persists through adulthood

What are the common characteristics / symptoms of DCD?

Physical:

  • Can be “clumsy” or have poor balance (e.g. bumps into things or knocks things over)
  • Can have difficulty learning new motor skills (e.g. kicking / throwing ball)
  • More difficulty with motor activities that require constant change (e.g. jumping rope, playing baseball)
  • More difficulty with motor activities that require the use of both sides of the body (e.g. using scissors, hitting ball, jumping jacks)
  • Difficulty with handwriting
  • Difficulty self-care skills (e.g. dressing, using utensils)
  • Difficulty sitting still or having good posture

Emotional and Behavioral:

  • Tends to avoid motor based activities or has low frustration tolerance
  • Tend to avoid socializing
  • Dissatisfaction with their work or self-conscious
  • Lack of confidence
  • Resistant to change in routine

How can our team of Occupational Therapists help?

  • Creating a plan of care to teach motor skills 1:1 to the child providing adaptions when needed
  • Improve body awareness and how to notice visuals cues each motor tasks provides
  • Teaching child how to adapt their movement from the feedback that their body provides them in motor tasks
  • Improve body awareness through multi-sensory activities in our sensory motor gyms
  • Teach compensation and coping strategies

ENCOURAGE, CHALLENGE, IMPROVE IS HOW OUR SUCCESS IS MADE!

To speak to an Occupational Therapist about your child call 619-692-0622 today.

Therapy Methods

At Kara Dodds and Associates, we realize that children benefit from a variety of therapy methods and approaches. As such, our team of multi-disciplinary pediatric therapists obtain advanced courses and trainings and specialize in neurological and developmental delays. Therapy is delivered in a one-to-one setting but also in small groups in a systemic, structured, but play-based teaching approach. Our specialized therapy methods include -

  • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) is using a series of visuals to teach a child to initiate by giving a picture to a communicative partner.
  • Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to clients articulators to help guide them through a targeted word or phrase.
  • Kaufman Speech & Language Protocol: is a way to teach children with apraxia of speech the easiest ways to say words until they have increased motor –speech coordination.
  • Hanen Center: (More Than Words) teaches techniques on how to use visual systems for transitioning, requesting, understanding the schedule or “what’s” next, how to shape echolalia speech patterns and more in everyday activities.
  • TalkTools: is a muscle-based oral motor programs designed to promote speech and improve oral motor (lip, jaw) by utilizing oral placement tooks (chewy tubes, z-vibes, horns, whistles) to improve verbal output, feeding, and speech production skills
  • DIR/ Floortime: is a developmental, individuated relationship based (www.circlestretch.com) programs that are used to improve social connects between children and communicative partners.
  • Social Thinking: Developed by Michelle Garcia Winners her programs target social skills programs with techniques used based on "ILAUGH" model (www.socialthinking.com)
  • The SCERTS® Model -Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (www.scerts.com)
  • Social Stories: developed by Carol Gray, these method uses visuals and individual stories to teach social skills or appropriate expectations of behaviors through visual models www.thegraycenter.org), and Video Play Modeling.

Funding / Insurance Options

We accept a variety of plans to cover your child’s therapy needs. We bill and work with insurances directly taking the hassle out of it for families. We accept:

  • Tricare (Health Net Federal Services)
  • Kaiser
  • Easter Seals of Southern California
  • San Diego Regional Center (in home or center based)
  • PPO plans including: Anthem Blue Cross, UHC, Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

We will take the lead on determining coverage and finding the best options available with your plan. Call today at 619-692-0622 for more information.

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Mission Valley Center

Kara Dodds & Associates - San Diego
7840 Mission Center Court, Ste. 200
San Diego CA 92108

(619) 692-0622

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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Santee Location

Kara Dodds & Associates - Santee
8840 N. Magnolia Ave Ste 220
Santee CA 92071

(619) 749-7059

Monday through Friday: 7:45am6:30pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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