Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)


Developmental Language Disorder, also known as DLD, is a type of speech, language and communication need (SLCN) that affects the way that children and adults understand and use language. 


There is no known cause for DLD and it is not caused by other medical conditions such as sensory hearing loss, Autism Specturm Condition, severe learning difficulties or genetic conditions e.g. Down Syndrome.


DLD is a hidden disability and often goes undiagnosed. It affects roughly 2 children in every classroom, impacting on literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being.


'Darcie's story' a video about DLD


'Think language, think DLD'

(video created by RADLD)


Living with DLD as a Teenager 


Why is language important for mental health

This video explores the impact DLD has on emotional wellbeing and behaviour.

Meet Marie- Soleil Labelle, race

car driver and spokesperson for

DLD! Click the image above to 

find out more.


Click the image above to open our DLD Handout made in partnership with Salford Council.

Join us and people from around the  world on the 14th October to help spread awareness of DLD. Click the image  above to find out how you can get involved.

"The Talking DLD Podcast brought to you by the DLD Project aims to connect families, educators and health professionals through motivational and at times, game- changing conversations about all things DLD". Click the image above to listen to episodes.

I CAN have lots of useful resources to support DLD in an educational setting. Click on the image to visit their website for guides, webinars and more.