Diagnosing DLD

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Introduction to Developmental Language Disorder

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).

The Many Terms Used for DLD

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.

Why is DLD Hard to Recognize?

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) refers to a problem learning or using language that doesn’t go away and isn’t explained by other biomedical conditions. Language forms the basis of human communic [...]

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