What is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
- Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a life-long condition which can be diagnosed by a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT).
- DLD used to be known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI).
- There is no known single cause for DLD although it can run in families.
- DLD is more common than Autism, however, it is not as widely known about.
- DLD affects approximately 7% of children in the UK.
- DLD is hidden and affects approximately 2 children in every classroom impacting literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being.
- DLD can be missed, misdiagnosed or misinterpreted as poor behaviour, poor listening or inattention.
- Left unidentified and unsupported, DLD can reduce access to education, employment and social interaction.
- DLD affects every individual differently and there are a wide variety of ways in which language needs present and evolve over time.
Children and young people with DLD can have difficulties with
- listening and attention
- processing language
- following instructions
- understanding questions
- understanding and using vocabulary
- expressing what they want to say
- social interaction
- using language to regulate their behaviour
- phonological awareness, reading and writing
Children and young people with DLD are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than their peers
- RADLD - Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder and RADLD videos
- I CAN
- DLD and Me
- DLD and Me
- Engage with Developmental Language Disorder
- The DLD Project
- This Is DLD
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
- Livewell Southwest Speech and Language
- Boys Town Hospital
- Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
- Entry and exit criteria for child and young people with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
- Graduated Approach - Speech Language and Communication Needs
- Resources and downloads
- Communication Interaction Team
- SEND Local Offer
Help and support
If you have any questions about Developmental Language Disorders (DLD), please email SENAdmin@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 307409.
This page is part of Plymouth's Local Offer and was last updated on 3 May 2022