(Ireland) Developmental Language Disorder affects one in 15 kids; awareness needed

Oct 15, 2020, The Irish Times Lighting up purple and yellow for Developmental language disorder Developmental language disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when a child’s language skills are persistently below the level expected. In DLD, language deficits occur in the absence of another condition, such as autism spectrum disorder, and children may have difficulty understanding instructions, finding the right words, using correct grammar and telling stories. “In my day-to-day life, it’s hard, because it messes with your emotions and it can make you agitated,” says Robert. “And there are things that other people can do, like they can just start writing a story off the bat, but I have to take a couple of minutes to even think of my first paragraph.” VIDEO: Raising Awareness of Development Speakers: …DLD emerges in early childhood but persists into adulthood. People who have DLD have difficulty understanding and using language. They may have a small vocabulary or trouble formulating a grammatical sentence. Difficulty organizing the ideas they want to express and problems learning to read and write. These problems with language matter. … So DLD isn’t just a problem with language; it’s a problem with living life to its fullest. Increasing awareness of DLD can help by motivating policymakers, funding agencies, educators and health care providers… So just like autism, we need awareness and funding for DLD and just like autism it’s something that primarily affects children. One site “DLD is a hidden but very common condition affecting about 1 out of 15 children.”