Child Care Health Dev. 2023 Dec 15. doi: 10.1111/cch.13216. Online ahead of print.
INTRODUCTION: Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children’s occupational performance and participation. It is known that the Covid pandemic has adversely affected the whole world in many areas. We aim to investigate the occupational performance and participation of children with DCD before and during the COVID-19.
METHODS: Sixty-five children aged 5-12 years included in the study were assessed by the Canadian Measure of Occupational Performance and the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth.
RESULTS: Statistically significant differences were detected in occupational performance and satisfaction scores (p < 0.01). Additionally, except for ‘involvement in the home environment’ (p > 0.05), there were statistically significant differences in all other areas of participation (p < 0.01).
CONCLUSION: The occupational performance and participation of children with DCD are impacted during COVID-19. In addition, it is seen that the desire of families to change regarding participation has increased due to COVID-19. It would be beneficial to include strategies to improve these areas in the rehabilitation processes.