Language Disorder Australia is Australia’s trusted network of professionals and services, committed to ensuring extraordinary outcomes — beyond what anyone imagined possible — for children and young people with Language Disorder.

We deliver contemporary, integrated support and services, underpinned by evidence-based research — placing our clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do.

This approach enables us to unlock new pathways that allow children and young people with Language Disorder to forge their own path for success — a path that is uniquely theirs, and which will see them connect and thrive in their communities and find their place in the world.

Our Support Network

  • Bright Door

    Allied Health Clinics offering support for children and young people with Language Disorder:

    • Speech Language Pathology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Psychology and Counselling
    • Music Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
  • The Glenleighden School

    A full educational experience tailored for children and young people with Language Disorder – from Prep to Year 12.


Language Disorder – Red Flags

  • Reduced babbling
  • Limited use of gestures (e.g. waving, pointing)
  • Family history of Language Disorder
  • Difficulties understanding
  • Difficulties combining words to make sentences
  • Behavioural concerns
  • Educational concerns
  • Parental or teacher concern

Children and young people with Language Disorder may also present with:

  • Attentional problems such as ADHD
  • Motor problems such as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
  • Reading and spelling difficulties
  • Emotional and Behavioural concerns

What is Language Disorder?

Language disorder is a neurodevelopmental disability that impacts a child’s ability to understand and use language. Difficulties using and understanding language impact children and young people’s everyday social interactions and education.

A Language Disorder may occur as part of another condition, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Acquired Brain Injury or in isolation as a Developmental Language Disorder.

Children with Language Disorder will present with their own unique strengths and challenges, but are likely to have persistent challenges through childhood and into adulthood.

Children with Language Disorder will benefit from ongoing specialist intervention throughout their life.

Our Values

We put the interests of others above our own and actively seek out opportunities to help.

We love what we do and show this through our enthusiasm, energy and positive mindset.

We have high expectations of ourselves and each other, and continually strive to be better tomorrow than we were today.

We are friendly, generous and considerate in everything we do.

We accept responsibility, do what is expected of us and are answerable to each other.

We deliberately enable others, develop their agency and voice, and are committed to their success.

We show through our everyday actions that we value others as unique individuals, entitled to our high regard and dignity; honouring their difference and contribution.

Speech and Language Development Australia (SALDA) is now Language Disorder Australia.

Please note that the SALDA website will remain online until we launch our new website in upcoming weeks.

For more information, visit SALDA is now Language Disorder Australia.