Context. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), or dyspraxia, causes decreased motor performance and emotional and social difficulties in children. These children often have low self-esteem.
Aim. This study aims to understand how self-esteem impacts the child’s occupation and social participation. Moreover, it searches to determine whether a CO-OP approach in a group setting can promote self-esteem and to what extent.
Method. The sample of this research is made up of twenty occupational therapists who practice CO-OP with children with DCD. They answered a thirteen-question-quiz.
Results. This research shows that self-esteem is very often degraded in children with DCD. This leads to avoidance situations, disengagement from occupations and dissatisfaction. Occupational therapists are convinced that the CO-OP method can promote self-esteem, especially because of its principles of client-centredness and its desire to let the child take on the challenges alone (feeling of competence). However, the group is not clearly seen as a setting for improving self-esteem.
Conclusion. The principles of CO-OP help to improve the self-esteem of children with DCD. Finally, it allows an occupational reengagement, an occupational performance improvement and perseverance in effort. The group does not appear in this study as a lever for promoting self-esteem, but other opportunities were noted, such as mutual aid, the play aspect, the sharing of difficulties or the discovery of other children’s strategies.
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Obtention du DE : Juillet 2021