Rare is the layperson who has heard of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). This is not because DLD is rare or inconsequential. In the United States, DLD is 50 times more prevalent than hearing impairment and five times more prevalent than autism (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).
MYTH: People with DLD mispronounce speech sounds. TRUTH: People with DLD have trouble understanding and using language, when they are reading and when they are talking with someone.
Many parents of children who have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), have never heard of DLD. Here we explore some potential reasons and provide some guidelines for those of you who are seeking a diagnosis.
It is helpful to know what terms are being used to refer to DLD. The terms have been broken down into three categories: research terms, clinical terms (including terms used for insurance purposes), and educational policy terms.
As a professional, you may find yourself in a position to advocate for better practices to be adopted in your state or school district. Below are links to tools that are commonly used or might be used as part of best practice.
Speech language pathologists (SLPs) use a variety of tools to diagnose Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in children. This article defines current tools and best practices that SLPs should use to assess your child’s language skills.
Children with DLD often are delayed in meeting language milestones. Every child is a unique person so some children with DLD may not show every sign. Read about the signs of DLD in English speakers by age.