Jake Michaelson, PhD University of Iowa rather than a single cause, developmental language disorder (DLD) is caused by multiple risk factors working together. Parents should not feel a sense of guilt [...]
Laurence B. Leonard, Ph.D. Purdue University People with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) can be found all over the world. Regardless of the language being learned, there are individuals with sig [...]
Rhea Paul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Sacred Heart University “Einstein didn’t talk until he was four.” “My two-year-old isn’t talking because her big sister talks for her.” “My toddler isn’t talking but he’s had [...]
Sean M. Redmond, Ph.D., and Amy Wilder, M.S. University of Utah Why do we need to compare children’s development? We pay a lot of attention to how kids grow, leading researchers, educators and clinici [...]
Janna B. Oetting 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 school t [...]
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.