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Does rehabilitation improve brain structure/function and motor outcomes of children with developmental coordination disorder?

Principal Investigator:
  • Sara Izadi-Najafabadi, Brain Research Centre, University of British Columbia
  • BC Children's Hospital Research Institute/Child and Family Research Institute

Project Overview

Ms. Izadi-Najafabadi’s research focuses on the effect of Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP)—the current best-practiced intervention for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)—on their structural and functional brain connectivity. This study also explores how children with dual diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and DCD will respond to CO-OP. This study will contribute to our understanding of how current best-practice rehabilitation improves motor outcomes for children with DCD. Findings from this study may be applied to improve outcomes for children with other neurodevelopmental disabilities.