The ABC’s of DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2017/03/22 20:44

In this session, Dr. Zwicker will discuss the ABC’s of DCD, a common but under-recognized neurodevelopmental disorder. The objectives of this session are for participants to: (1) become more Aware of DCD, how it Affects children and families, and how to Assess and diagnose this condition: (2) understand how the Brain may be impacted in children with DCD; and (3) become aware of a novel, research-integrated Clinic model to diagnose children with DCD.

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Zwicker_6809.JPGDr. Jill Zwicker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She also holds appointments as
Associate Member in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Developmental Pediatrics), Investigator at the BC Children’s Research Institute, Clinician Scientist at Sunny Hill Health
Centre for Children, Associate Investigator with the Kids Brain Health Network, and Research Associate at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. She completed her
undergraduate training in psychology and clinical training in occupational therapy at Queen’s University, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (Learning & Development) at the University of Victoria, a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia, and Post-Doctoral training in Pediatrics (Developmental Neuroscience) at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zwicker has established the first research-integrated diagnostic clinic for DCD in Canada to facilitate diagnosis of this under-recognized disorder. She uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to better understand how the brain differs in children with and without developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and whether brain structure and function can change with rehabilitation intervention. Dr. Zwicker is also interested in the relationship of prematurity and DCD and is examining early brain development and motor outcomes of premature newborns. Dr. Zwicker is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and is funded by the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program and CIHR.