JUNE 2016
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My clumsy child
Young children often stumble and fall. This is part of ‘growing up’, but there is a fine line between normal childhood clumsiness or awkwardness, and a physical movement disorder called ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder’.

We take a closer look at what to do when clumsiness starts affecting your child’s development in this issue.

All the best,

The South African Society of Physiotherapy

We would like to thank the Paediatrics Physiotherapy Group for the information supplied.

Only persons with degrees obtained at institutions approved in terms of the Higher Education Act may call themselves physiotherapists, whether the work is performed on animals, humans, or in any field of interest.

The content is for information and educational purposes only. The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) has attempted to provide recent and accurate information at the time of publication. The SASP does not assume liability for the use of information contained in this communique. It also does not replace, nor should it be considered an alternative to a medical consultation.  Copyright SASP. All rights reserved.

What does it mean to be ‘clumsy’?
Many toddlers (12-24 months) who just have started walking by themselves can seem quite clumsy and they tend to stumble and fall often. Read more...
Let’s Talk about ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder' (DCD)
DCD is a physical movement disorder. It is an umbrella term used to describe a set of signs and symptoms seen in a child who is ‘clumsier than normal’. Read more...
What can you do to help your child with DCD?
First get your child assessed by a paediatric physiotherapist, who will also refer you to other health care professionals. Read more...
The lighter side of life
Laughter is life's best medicine. 

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