Developmental Language Disorder is called DLD for short.


Developmental means ‘something you grow up with.’ It is something a person has always had.

Language means understanding what others say and talking.

Disorder means when something doesn’t work the way it should.


So ‘DLD’ means when a child grows up having difficulties with understanding and/or talking. When you look at someone, you can’t see that they have DLD – it’s a hidden difficulty.

What causes DLD?
What might be difficult when you have DLD?
What about if I speak more than one language?
How many people have DLD?
What are people with DLD good at?
Will I always have DLD?

School and learning

As well as talking, DLD can make reading and writing hard. Lessons involve a lot of talking, reading and writing. There are lots of long, complicated words to remember. It might be hard to concentrate. There are lots of things teachers can do to help you at school. 



Having difficulties talking or understanding can give you strong feelings. Some people feel angry, frustrated, worried, stressed, or alone. Some people say they don't feel very confident. If you feel this way, it is good to talk to someone you trust.

How might DLD affect me?

As well as finding language tricky, people with DLD have said that different things can be hard. The examples here might be hard for you, but they might not be. There might also be other things you find hard.

Some people with DLD find it harder to make and keep friends. It can be difficult to understand jokes, keep up with conversations, or understand and write messages online. If you find this hard, it is good to tell to someone at school and your family.

DLD is different for everyone.

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