Reading and writing performances of children 7-8 years of age with developmental coordination disorder in Taiwan

Hsiang Chun Cheng, Jenn Yeu Chen, Chia Liang Tsai, Miau Lin Shen, Rong Ju Cherng

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Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) refers to a delay in motor development that does not have any known medical cause. Studies conducted in English speaking societies have found that children with DCD display a higher co-occurrence rate of learning difficulties (e.g., problems in reading and writing) than typically developing (TD) children. The present study examined the reading and writing performance of school-aged children with DCD and TD children in Taiwan to determine whether reading and writing difficulties also co-occur with DCD in a non-English speaking society. The Chinese Reading Achievement Test and the Basic Reading and Writing Test were administered to 37 children with DCD (7.8 ± 0.6 years) and 93 TD children (8.0 ± 0.7 years). Children with DCD had significantly lower writing composite scores than TD children on the Basic Reading and Writing Test (105.9 ± 20.0 vs. 114.4 ± 19.9). However, there were no significant differences between children with DCD and TD children in their scores on the Chinese Reading Achievement Test and in their reading composite scores on the Basic Reading and Writing Test. These results contrasted interestingly with those obtained from English-speaking children: English-speaking DCD children showed poorer reading and poorer writing than English-speaking TD children. The possibility that the logographic nature of the Chinese script might have protected the DCD children against additional reading difficulty is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2589-2594
Number of pages6
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov 1



  • Academic achievement
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Learning disorder
  • Reading
  • Writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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