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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 53 (2011) 5, 305 - 310

Case report

Developmental coordination disorder in a child with ADHD; is DCD a DSM-IV diagnosis that is not recognised by child psychiatry?

J.Z. Muyselaar-Jellema, S. Severijnen

A five-year-old boy received treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). In connection with his motor problems he was referred to a rehabilitation centre specialising in the study and treatment of developmental coordination disorder (dcd). When treating a patient with adhd, doctors should ask regularly about the patient’s motor functioning and, if necessary, arrange a referral. In the first instance a young patient should be referred to a paediatric physiotherapist or, if the problems are complex, referral should be to a paediatric rehabilitation doctor. A combination of adhd and dcd has a poorer prognosis than adhd alone.

keywords attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), comorbidity, developmental coordination disorder (DCD)