Inhibition skills in children with developmental coordination disorder

Teresa Joyce, Serena Vanzan, Nichola Stuart, Anna Barnett

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Background: Inhibition (Response Inhibition–RI and Interference Control–IC) have been inconsistently examined in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) with response modalities often not considered. Aims: To examine RI and IC in children with DCD. Method: Twenty-five children 6-10 years with DCD, plus 25 matched typically developing peers completed motor and verbal RI and IC tasks. Results: Children with DCD made significantly more errors in the motor and verbal RI tasks, had slower movement time and RT in the motor IC task, and longer completion time in the verbal IC task. Conclusions: Children with DCD have RI and IC difficulties in motor and verbal responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-161
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number4
Early online date9 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.


The work was supported by the Hogrefe Ltd.


  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Physiological Psychology


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