Why Understanding Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is Important for Teachers, Carers and Staff.
Did you know that this Friday on 20th October, the world will celebrate developmental language disorder (DLD) day? DLD is a type of speech, language and communication need that affects the way that children understand and use language. Sadly, there is not enough awareness about DLD, which is why it is crucial for educators, carers, and other staff members to learn and understand more about this disorder. In this blog post, we will be discussing why it is important to know about DLD and what we can do to help those who are affected by it.
Developmental Language Disorder, or DLD, is a common communication disorder that affects around 6-7% of children worldwide. Children with DLD have difficulties in understanding spoken and written language, and have trouble in expressing their thoughts. Such children may struggle to put their ideas into words and may experience difficulty in finding the right vocabulary or grammar to convey their thoughts. This can make it challenging for them to learn in school because reading textbooks, listening to lectures, and taking notes can become overwhelming for children with DLD.
DLD can also have long-term negative impacts, such as disrupting social and emotional development and hindering employment opportunities. Children with untreated DLD may become frustrated, isolated, and disengaged, which can lead to mental health issues like anxiety and depression in the future. As carers, educators, or other staff members, it is vital to identify and provide appropriate support to children with DLD as early as possible. Early identification and intervention can prevent children from experiencing such negative impacts.
Educators and other staff members can do a lot to help children with DLD. They can work with parents, speech and language therapists, and other professionals to modify learning materials so that they are more accessible for children with DLD. For example, using visual aids such as diagrams, pictures, and videos can help children with DLD to better understand a concept. Using simple language and breaking down complex tasks into smaller steps can also be helpful. Educators can also provide one-on-one sessions or group interventions to help children with DLD build their language skills.
In conclusion, understanding developmental language disorder (DLD) is vital for teachers, carers, and other staff members. DLD can have long-term negative impacts on children, such as affecting employability and social and emotional development. With appropriate support and interventions, however, children with DLD can lead lives that are just as fulfilling as their peers. Educators and other staff members can help children with DLD by modifying learning materials and providing one-on-one or group interventions. By working together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of children with DLD.