Current Developmental Disorders Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 152–160 | Cite as

What Do We Really Know About Motor Learning in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder?

  • Maëlle BiotteauEmail author
  • Yves Chaix
  • Jean-Michel Albaret
Disorders of Motor (PH Wilson, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Disorders of Motor


There is a general consensus that developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is characterized by impaired motor learning skills. However, actual studies of motor learning in DCD are scarce and, above all, inconsistent. The aims of the present study were therefore to explore the presumed presence of a motor learning deficit among individuals with DCD and to provide a synopsis of the current literature on motor learning in DCD. We begin by defining DCD (etiology, neuropsychology, and brain bases), motor learning (measurement of learning, methods for promoting skill acquisition, scheduling, practice, retention, and feedback) and, of course, the link between the two, focusing on the issue of a possible motor learning deficit in DCD. We then discuss dominant hypotheses and suggest directions for future research in this domain, in the light of research conducted thus far. Particular attention is paid throughout to guide the choice of intervention approaches.


Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) Motor learning Procedural learning Sequence learning Sensorimotor adaptation Review 



This work was promoted by the University Hospital of Toulouse-Purpan for regulatory and ethic submission (AOL No. 13 7004 03) and was supported by a grant from The French National Research Agency (ANR-13-APPR-0010-01). The authors thank Elizabeth Portier for her careful checking of the English language and the reviewers for their constructive comments.

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Conflict of Interest

Maëlle Biotteau, Yves Chaix, and Jean-Michel Albaret declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maëlle Biotteau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yves Chaix
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Michel Albaret
    • 1
  1. 1.Toulouse NeuroImaging CenterUniversité de Toulouse, Inserm, UPSToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Children’s HospitalToulouse-Purpan University HospitalToulouseFrance

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