Pearson and Partner to Provide Continuing Education Courses on Working With Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder

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New Series of Courses Designed to Offer Occupational Therapists Insights and Practical Interventions

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Pearson today announced a new partnership with to provide a series of online continuing education courses on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). DCD is a condition that makes children struggle with daily activities, such as getting dressed, tying their shoes, managing stairs or handwriting. These courses are designed to help occupational therapists support the more than five percent of school-age children ​that ​are affected by this disorder.

This four-part series presented by top Pearson clinical assessment authors will introduce occupational therapists to this population, describe the motor and non-motor characteristics of DCD across the lifespan, provide insights into assessments and tools, and introduce handwriting and ecological interventions. In addition, as a result of the partnership with Pearson, occupational therapists can earn continuing education units for completing the courses.

“Our new collaboration with is illustrative of Pearson’s long term commitment to providing assessments, services and solutions that provide insights into the needs of learners,” said Abigail Batty, vice president, Pearson’s clinical assessment cognition and neurobehavior group. “Through these online professional development courses, occupational therapists will gain deeper perspectives on the challenges that children with DCD face and strategies for supporting their wider participation and success.”

The four online video courses include:

An Introduction to Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and Its Consequences
Presenter: Sheila E. Henderson, Dip PE, BA, MA, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Assessment of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Presenter: Anna Barnett, BA, PhD, CPsychol., AFBPsS

Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Focus on Handwriting
Presenter: Mellissa Prunty, PhD, OT

Intervention in Children With DCD: Working With Parents and Professionals
Presenter: David Sugden, BSc, PhD, AFBPsS, FBPEA, FIALD, IFAKA

“We are excited to offer this comprehensive series in partnership with Pearson,” said Fawn Carson, managing editor, “Occupational Therapists will have the opportunity to learn directly from leading-edge researchers and gain clinical insights and practical treatment interventions useful in their everyday practice.”

For more information on these courses, visit

The mission of is to enhance the quality of life for the patients and clients in the care of the professionals it serves. It supports this mission by providing the most relevant, convenient and economical online continuing education opportunities presented and authored by leading experts, to enhance clinical knowledge and skills.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Pearson’s clinical assessment group provides sensory, motor, and development instruments for occupational and physical therapists and related clinicians to help develop insights that support evaluations and shape treatment plans. For more information about Pearson’s clinical assessments, visit

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