Diagnosing DLD: Teachers urged to #thinklanguage

Thousands of UK children who have trouble learning at school or communicating with others will have an undiagnosed developmental language disorder (DLD).

The message is going out to schools ahead of the fifth annual Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day on Friday (October 15).

DLD is a neurodevelopmental condition and is often hidden. Those with DLD can have significant difficulty learning, understanding and using spoken language. In some studies, as many as one in 14 children have shown symptoms.

People with DLD make more errors or use simpler sentences or even have trouble organising a conversation. DLD emerges in early childhood but the problems are not always obvious to the non-specialist.

Children with DLD also often struggle with reading, spelling, and writing and their literacy and academic attainment can suffer, as can their social relationships.

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