The CO-OP Approach and Developmental Coordination Disorder

Episode 305,   Oct 10, 2023, 01:00 PM

In this episode of The Special Ed Strategist, Terryl Rosenberg, PT, DPT, explores the Cognitive Orientation Approach to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). CO-OP focuses on enhancing internal task representations and executive function skills, with four core principles: goal, plan, do, and check to support DCD. 

 CO-OP's Versatility

Terryl discusses CO-OP's versatility, suggesting its use in tasks like teeth brushing. Parents can employ CO-OP by setting goals, making plans, promoting independence, and encouraging self-reflection.

CO-OP in Schools

CO-OP isn't limited to homes. Terryl explains its relevance in schools, where it can be integrated into Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) to target specific skills and track progress.

Understanding Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Terryl discusses DCD as a distinct disorder in the United States, emphasizing its recent recognition.

DCD Co-Occurrence and Subtypes

Terryl explores the co-occurrence of DCD with executive function difficulties and mentions four DCD subtypes.

Recognizing DCD Signs and Symptoms

Terryl outlines the DSM-5 criteria for DCD and stresses the importance of awareness among parents, educators, and professionals.

This episode of The Special Ed Strategist provides valuable insights into the CO-OP approach and highlights the significance of recognizing DCD as a distinct disorder. Terryl's commitment to providing resources for parents and promoting collaborative support for individuals with DCD shines through, making this episode essential listening for special education stakeholders.