Comparison of Developmental Coordination Disorder at Different Levels of Autism in Children
Background: Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a neuro-developmental condition that is highly associated with autistic children globally. Children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also have neuro-developmental issues early or late in their lives. However, Developmental Coordination Disorder association with autistic children depends on the fact that in which category of ‘Level of Autism’ children is falling. Objective: To determine the association of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) with different levels of Autism in children. Study Design: It is cross sectional study design. Settings: Clinics of Lahore, Reactive Physio and Life Line Pain Relief Center. Duration: Five Months from 13 December 2021 to April 2022. Methods: The data was collected from Lahore after ethical approval and sample size was 99 children. The parent reported Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire (DCDQ07) was used. We asked the questions to from parents and filled out the questionnaire by ourselves. At the end of the data collection process, we counted the total score of the questionnaire. Results: A total of 99 subjects were recruited for this study. Among the subjects 46 were male and 53 were female. There was significant statistical association found between Autism levels of children and Developmental coordination disorder as (p-value is 0.00) where level 2 showed the highest association with DCD, then level3and the least association of DCD was with level1. Conclusion: Among all three level of Autism DCD was highly associated with level 2 then with level 3and least with level 1. There was also significant association seen between DCD and gender of child where highest DCD was associated with females.