A child who is clumsy and awkward may be prone to injury, ridicule and lowered self-esteem. This condition is referred to as Developmental Coordination Disorder and is reported to affect approximately 5% of school-aged children.
Children affected by Developmental Coordination Disorder very often have difficulties learning. In a recent research trial, supplements of fish oils with gamma-linoleic acid were given to children 5~12 years of age for 3~6 months. Improvements were seen in reading and spelling and Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder related symptoms (behavior) for this group of children, after receiving the supplements. However, no improvement for motor skills was observed. Supplements containing these nutritive fats, often lacking in our diet, are a safe option for helping children.
Richardson, J. Alexander and Paul Montgomery, "The Oxford-Durham study: a randomized, controlled trial of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in children with developmental coordination disorder." Pediatrics 2005: 1115; 1360-1366.