Do you know the DLD 1-2-3?
Ed and Dyls are keen to help you understand what DLD is, why you need to know about it and how to support those with DLD!
Approximately two children in every classroom have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). DLD has not yet reached the public recognition of Dyslexia or Autism, and it receives little attention or interest.
Difficulties with talking and understanding language in DLD often cause children to struggle with literacy, learning at school and interacting with friends. However, language difficulties can be hard to spot, DLD is hidden and can be masked by difficult behaviours or misinterpreted as inattention. DLD can affect self esteem and is linked to higher rates of bullying and depression.
Despite how common DLD is and the significant impacts, few people have heard of it and available support is limited. Children with DLD need their difficulties to be identified, understood and supported. As well as support with skills of language, and skills for literacy and learning, children with DLD need help to understand their difficulties in the context of their strengths.
The RADLD (Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder) campaign was set up by a group of academics and a speech and language therapist to help awareness and understanding about DLD in the hope that some day soon everyone will be aware of Developmental Language Disorder and children and adults with DLD will get the support they need.
We would like to thank our parents and professionals and especially the children and adults with DLD for being filmed in order to help others. Thank you too to those of you who donated to help make this film happen!
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Many thanks for reading and for your support,
Professor Dorothy Bishop (University of Oxford), Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden (The University of Manchester), Professor Courtenay Norbury (University College London), Professor Maggie Snowling (University of Oxford) and Becky Clark (RADLD Editor & Speech & Language Therapist, ClarkSLT)
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