Today is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) awareness day!

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Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) affects about 7% of 4-5 year olds, which makes it more common than lots of other childhood conditions. In fact, about two children in every primary school classroom are likely to have DLD!

Lots of people have never heard of DLD however, including people working in schools and making decisions about children’s education. That’s why we think it is important to raise awareness today! This week we have been posting daily facts about DLD on social media to help people to understand more about it.

Did you know?

  1. DLD cannot be explained by visual or hearing impairments, acquired brain damage or lack of language experience
  2. People with DLD have significant, on-going difficulties in understanding or using spoken language, or in both
  3. Children with DLD are 2x more likely to experience social, emotional and mental health concerns
  4. DLD affects more boys than girls
  5. DLD used to be known by lots of different names, such as Specific Language Impairment, but was renamed by the CATALYSE consortium in 2017
  6. DLD can have a big impact on a child or young person’s learning and achievement at school

Our study is trying to understand more about children who have difficulties with language.  In particular, we’re interested in whether the brain can give us clues about why some children have problems and others don’t. We hope that this information will help everyone to understand more about DLD, and hopefully find new ways to support children who have it.

We would love for you to take part in our study! Send us an email (bold.study@psy.ox.ac.uk) or click on the ‘Get Involved’ page of our website.

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