Developmental language disorder*, or DLD, is a difficulty understanding and using spoken language. DLD is a lifelong condition that emerges in childhood.
DLD is more common than you might think! Studies show that 1 in 14 children may have DLD – this equates to almost 2 children in every classroom.
What does DLD actually look like?
Each individual with DLD will have their own unique strengths and challenges across different areas of language (e.g. sounds, words, sentences, conversation, social language). People with DLD may:
Speech Pathologists can provide assessment, diagnosis and therapy for people with DLD, along with recommendations on how to best support individuals in the classroom, at home and in the community. When considering a DLD diagnosis a Speech Pathologist looks for:
*DLD may be referred to by many different names e.g. Specific Language Impairment (SLI), language delay, expressive and receptive language disorder. However, the consensus now is to use the term “DLD”.
Written by Samantha Bolton Speech Pathologist
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