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What is DLD

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), formerly known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI), is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties with understanding and/or using spoken language, despite having typical hearing and intelligence. Individuals with DLD may struggle with various aspects of language, including vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, and verbal expression.

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a prevalent condition, with estimates suggesting that it affects approximately 1 in 25 individuals, making it as common as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It’s crucial to note that DLD is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, sometimes being mistaken for other conditions such as dyslexia or dyspraxia due to overlapping symptoms and challenges.


DLD Characteristics:

The traits of DLD can vary from person to person but often include:

  1. Difficulty understanding spoken language, including following directions, comprehending complex sentences, or understanding abstract concepts.

  2. Challenges in expressing thoughts and ideas verbally, including forming sentences, organizing thoughts, or recalling words.

  3. Limited vocabulary and difficulty learning new words or concepts.

  4. Problems with grammar, including incorrect word order, tense, or agreement errors.

  5. Difficulty with storytelling or narrative skills, including sequencing events and maintaining coherence.

  6. Challenges with social communication, including difficulties in understanding social cues, maintaining conversations, or interpreting nonverbal communication.

  7. Academic struggles, including difficulties with reading, writing, and academic achievement.

  8. Emotional and behavioral difficulties, including frustration, low self-esteem, and anxiety related to communication challenges.
@little.language.lab Developmental language disorder and language disorders related to other conditions are common! My mission is to educate parents and caregivers about DLD so we can better identify and support little kids with DLD ☺️. #developmentallanguagedisorder #dld #slpsoftiktok #earlylanguagedevelopment #littlelanguagelab ♬ original sound - Kat Sandys | Speech Therapist

Empowering DCD Employees in the Workplace: Strategies for Support

      1. Clear Communication: Use clear and straightforward language when giving instructions or explanations. Avoid using complex language or jargon that may be difficult for individuals with DLD to understand.

      2. Written Instructions: Provide written instructions or visual aids to supplement verbal communication. This can help individuals with DLD better comprehend and remember tasks or information.

      3. Repeat and Confirm: Repeat important information and confirm understanding to ensure clarity. Encourage individuals with DLD to ask questions or seek clarification if needed.

      4. Encourage Communication: Create an open and supportive environment where individuals with DLD feel comfortable expressing themselves. Encourage them to share their ideas, thoughts, and concerns.

      5. Visual Supports: Utilize visual supports such as charts, diagrams, or infographics to convey information in a more accessible format. Visual aids can enhance understanding for individuals with DLD.

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