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Cheryl Missiuna, PhD, OTReg(Ont) is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, a Scientist with CanChild and the Infant and Child Health (InCH) Lab, and holder of the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research.
I would recommend that individuals watch the CanChild podcasts on DCD for physicians or educators who are less familiar with children with DCD.
Please note. Partnering for Change is a population health model of service delivery that reaches many, many more children with DCD and other special needs than the more traditional 1:1 service provision. I would prefer to discourage discussing individual children (important though those children are to their families) or individual approaches to therapy. In Partnering for Change, the therapist works in the classroom with the educator, and also works with families, to provide service and support to all children, not just the individual children who have multiple or more severe special needs. This model has turned out to be very effective to encourage participation and health for all children from age 4 to about 14 years. We have not yet tested it with children in secondary school.
Cheryl leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers who are “Partnering for Change” with school boards, teachers, health professionals, policy-makers, and families in order to develop and test innovative ways to deliver health services into schools, supporting children with developmental coordination disorder and all children. Cheryl and colleagues have also created many evidence-based online workshops and resources for families of children with special needs, teachers, physicians and service providers that are accessed around the world.