Research on Hierarchical Agglomerative Cluster Analysis as a Trial Method Revealing Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Subtypes

Research on Hierarchical Agglomerative Cluster Analysis as a Trial Method Revealing Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Subtypes

The present research explored, using clustering techniques, the existence of potential cognitive-motor profiles of DCD. According to the DCD literature, dependent variables were chosen on the basis of the characteristics of children with DCD and particular problems found in the cognitive-motor domain. We followed “Transfer” neurocognitive theory (Planning, Concentration, Concurrent, Successive) and the standard-referenced Cognitive Evaluation Framework for the purpose of the analysis. Six (6) statistical sub-groups with a number of participants ranging from 5-43 students with or without DCD were built on the basis of this hierarchical agglomerative cluster study. Different clustering methods (Wards process analysis, Full Linkage method, Centroid method, K-Means iterative partitioning method and split-sample replication) and other parametric methods (MANOVA, ANOVA and discriminant analyses) were used to monitor the internal and external validity of the clustering solution. Effect of various DCD profiles In order to prevent motor learning disorders and poor academic performance, it can have greater advantages for alternative and efficient teaching approaches and early intervention programmes. Future studies may need to concentrate on the individual profiles of children across a wide spectrum of fields (motor, cognitive, social and emotional) in the assessment and design of intervention services, looking at their particular strengths and weaknesses.

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Katerina Asonitou
Laboratory of Adapted Physical Activity, Developmental and Physical Disabilities, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Gerasimos Prodromitis
Department of Psychology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece.

Dimitra Koutsouki
Laboratory of Adapted Physical Activity, Developmental and Physical Disabilities, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

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