Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) may help to identify alternations in white matter that may contribute to developmental coordination disorder (DCD).
Why this matters
DCD affects approximately 5–6% of children and manifests as difficulty in learning motor skills and performing everyday motor-related activities. Without treatment, these symptoms can persist into adulthood and cause secondary physical and psychological health concerns.
One hypothesis suggests that DCD is caused by altered white matter development of brain pathways associated with motor and sensorimotor processing; in implementing DTI, this study may provide further support for this hypothesis.