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Developmental Language Disorder in the mainstream classroom

What is Developmental Language Disorder and how can mainstream teachers support students with the condition in lessons? Sue Marr advises

Moor House is one of the very few schools in the country specialising in supporting pupils aged seven to 19 with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), providing individually tailored education with integrated speech and language therapy for those with the most severe and complex forms of the condition.

In this article, I will explain what DLD is and consider how mainstream teachers can support children and young people in class. I have taught pupils with DLD for many years and have experience of devising and delivering a mainstream curriculum that has been highly differentiated for the language needs of the pupils in my classes.

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