Children with Developmental Language Disorder are as able and healthy as other children. With one exception, they have great difficulty thinking about, understanding and using language. They are often as intelligent as other children their age, but still have difficulties with language. There may be no outward signs of disability and no obvious physical indicators of a problem. For this reason, Developmental Language Disorder is also known as a ‘hidden disability’ affecting 1 in 14 children.
Although DLD primarily affects language, children and young people with the condition may also have social and emotional difficulties. Research tells us that individuals without a diagnosis and appropriate support, may experience poor mental health and employment outcomes.
Developmental Language Disorder is a significant and lifelong disability. Children with DLD won’t grow out of it. However, with access to early and quality intervention, children and young people with DLD can succeed: academically, socially and professionally, and can live rich and fulfilling lives.
Video – What is DLD?
Podcast – Exploring DLD
RADLD – Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder
Additional Resources – Research
CATALISE: A Multinational and Multidisciplinary Delphi Consensus Study. Identifying Language Impairments in Children | PLOS ONE
Phase 2 of CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study of problems with language development: Terminology – Bishop – 2017 – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – Wiley Online Library
Language Outcomes at 7 Years: Early Predictors and Co-Occurring Difficulties | Pediatrics | American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org)
More or less likely to offend? Young adults with a history of identified developmental language disorders – PMC (nih.gov)
How We Fail Children With Developmental Language Disorder | Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (asha.org)
Understanding Dyslexia in the Context of Developmental Language Disorders | Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (asha.org)