impACT of Developmental Coordination Disorder on Canadian Families

The goal of this research study is to adapt the “impact for DCD” survey created by Dr. Melissa Licari and her research team in Australia and implement it with parents of children with Development Coordination Disorder (DCD) across Canada. Results from the survey aim to improve national awareness and understanding of the physical, emotional and financial impact of DCD on the family and advocate for changes to provincial, territorial, and federal policy. Results will also help guide best-practice for occupational therapists when supporting children with DCD and their families.

Jill G. Zwicker, PhD, OT, Chantal Camden, pht, PhD

Who can participate: 
Parents of children (aged 5-18) with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of Developmental Coordination Disorder.
• Primary residence of parent(s) and child(ren) is in Canada
• Child(ren) must be under the age of 18 years with motor coordination challenges
• These motor coordination challenges are not because of biological, genetic and/or developmental delays (e.g., cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, chromosomal abnormality, etc.)
• Child(ren) do not have to have a formal diagnosis of DCD, but are suspected of having the disorder
• Child(ren) may have other co-occurring conditions that can include

What’s involved: 
An online survey that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.


Interested in participating:  
Please follow the link here to take the test online. If you have any questions please email Erin Klien at

May 2022