Karla McGregor, Ph.D. Boys Town National Research Hospital Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a “neurodevelopmental disorder.” Other neurodevelopmental disorders are: Attention Deficit Hyperacti [...]
Janna B. Oetting, Ph.D. Louisiana State University The majority of children learning English as a second, third, or fourth language and those learning dialects of English that differ from those of a [...]
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).
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.