Support for Children and Young People with DLD

Educators, here is how you can support students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in the classroom

Did you know that DLD affects approximately 7.6% of all children (two children in every average primary class of 30) in the UK?

Download our brand new support guide for teachers now.

Developed in partnership with nasen and Whole School SEND, and funded by the Department of Education, this practical guide will give teachers and other school-based professionals guidance on how to identify and support children with DLD in mainstream primary and secondary schools.

We attended the Tes SEN show on Friday 8th October and spoke to teachers about speech and language needs and Developmental Language Disorder. You can download our slides from this presentation here



DLD Presentation

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a diagnosis given to children and young people who have life-long difficulties with talking and understanding words that are not associated with other biomedical conditions, such as cerebral palsy, or autistic spectrum disorders.

For students affected by DLD, it can have a significant impact on their attainment at school, employment outcomes and social and emotional wellbeing. Many children and young people with DLD are not identified, meaning that they are not getting access to the support they need. 

As an educator, where can I access further resources and support?
We have developed a free training resource designed to be used by SENCos (or other school-based staff) to share information with staff in their schools about DLD. The resource consists of a customisable PowerPoint presentation with speaking notes, a summary handout and a resources and references list. The resource is relevant for both primary and secondary school staff.


In addition to the above, we are pleased to offer a series of pre-recorded webinars for teachers, SENCos and school leaders which you can access below.

  • For primary teachers

  • For secondary teachers

  • For SENCos

  • For senior leaders

Feedback on our resources?
If you have any feedback in relation to any of our DLD resources and webinars, we would be grateful if you could please fill in this short survey.

Do you know a family who would like to be involved in DLD research?
Our friends at Engage DLD are looking for parents of children with DLD to take part in available research studies. Please click here to find out more.

Want to learn more about DLD?
Please click here.


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