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Jovana Janjic, Speaker at Pediatrics Conferences
Speech Language Pathology Center DIKTAT, Serbia, Romania


Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects motor skills during life. Although it is a highly prevalent disorder, estimated to affect 5% to 6% of school-aged children, little is known about the aetiology of DCD. Although developmental coordination disorder in both classification systems is classified as separate neurodevelopmental disorder, this population of children, in addition to impaired motor functioning, often exhibits impairments in language domain, attention, and social functioning.

DCD is not limited only in the performance of daily activities, but also in academic functioning and in a foreign language. As poor academic achievement is most often the "trigger" for diagnosing this disorder, with frequent overlapping of language and coordination disorder in this group of children, the question of phonological development in this group of children arises. Examination of phonological awareness of children with DCD in relation to children without this disorder shows statistical significant differences (< .000) in phonological processing in children with DCD. Delay in phonological awareness in this group of children can be a significant predictor in earlier diagnosis this population of children.

Key words: developmental coordination disorder, phonological abilities, phonological awareness, academic skills.


Jovana Janjic is a Speech Language Pathologist, Research Associate, PhD Candidate at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation. From 2013 to 2018 she worked on projects that researched the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on different levels of language and social interaction in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, specific language disorders...). Jovana established her own practice in 2018 - Speech Language Pathology Center DIKTAT in Belgrade. From 2018 she researches language abilities in children with specific language disorders and children with Developmental Coordination Disorder in mother tongue and second language acquisition, education, training and development activities in clinical and educational areas.