What are the goals of this project?
This program intends to answer the general question: "Can a motor intervention program designed uniquely for children with motor difficulties help them improve motor, social, and psychological abilities? And if so, how?"
Why is this research important?
Children with motor difficulties (also know as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a prevalent yet under-recognized movement skill disorder that significantly affects everyday functioning) often spend recess alone, generally choose more quiet activities, show low engagement in social play or organized sports, perceive less enjoyment as well as less support in daily activities, and tend to suffer from emotional and mental health issues.
We know that individualized intervention can help, but little is known about how the dynamics of the group can improve different aspects of a DCD child's well-being.
How will the funds be used?
Our lab has implemented the program a year ago and so far, we have been seeing many interesting results. However, to expand the project, invite more children, and improve our assessment and intervention methods, we need more equipment for testing and the intervention and to hire a program manager, a person that can be responsible the program.