L'ABC du TAC : Augmenter l'Accessibilité des services et l'utilisation des Bonnes pratiques afin de favoriser la participation Communautaire des enfants ayant un trouble de l'acquisition de la coordination (TAC)


Chantal Camden

Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS)


Domaine : services santé

Programme Chercheurs-boursiers - Junior 1

Concours 2016-2017

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a common disorder but it remains generally unknown, although it affects 1 or 2 children in every classroom. These children are sometimes perceived to be "clumsy" and "lazy", yet we know that their brain does not work like the one of their peers. These children have to work harder than their classmates, and despite this, they struggle to perform activities requiring motor coordination, such as writing and sports. DCD may have important consequences on the physical and mental health of children and their families. Solutions exist to facilitate learning and ensure full participation in the community, but appropriate services must be accessible and individuals in the child's environment must use best practices for that to happen.

The objectives of the research program are to implement and evaluate the impact of 1) a new service model, and 2) a partnership between people interested in DCD in the community (ex : families, stakeholders and health professionals) and researchers.

This new service model will be piloted in 16 schools. We expect that the new model will allow us to better identify children with DCD, to serve more children and to reduce wait times. The services offered through this new model will allow children to better participate in school and in their community.

The partnership between the community and researchers will promote the dissemination of information on DCD and support individuals in the implementation of the best parenting, teaching and health practices.

These activities will have a positive impact on the community participation of children and on the efficiency of the health care system.