Speech Pathology News: Developmental Language Disorders Awareness Day

This week is a very exciting week for Fremantle Language Development Centre and the Oral Language (Speech) Team. On Friday the 16th of October the Oral Language Team will be supporting DLD Awareness Day by running a colouring in competition for students and sharing information with the wider community about DLD.  DLD stands for Developmental Language Disorders. Fremantle Language Development Centre was established specifically to support students with DLD which is why all students are assessed by a speech pathologist before being offered a place in our centre.

Children with DLD have difficulty talking and understanding language and this cannot be explained by another diagnosis such as hearing impairment.  DLD can impact on children’s day-to-day communication and their ability to access information in a classroom. It can also make it more difficult to learn to read and write. At Fremantle LDC we support our students to develop both language and literacy skills by using a very explicit approaches to teaching. We explicitly teach things such as vocabulary, sentence structure and sound and letter pattern correspondences. Among many other strategies we also use visual cues and short simple sentences when presenting information to support students’ understanding. We give children plenty of time to respond to questions to help them organise their ideas before speaking.

Developmental Language Disorder is five times more common than autism but many people have never heard of it. DLD day is about letting everyone know that with the right support, children with DLD can make great progress and can be active and successful members of the community. If you would like to know more about DLD and what can be done to support, click on the link: https://cdn.flipsnack.com/widget/v2/widget.html?hash=ujag9kugvu&t=1601860318&fbclid=IwAR1KAjyvEIUQ-dduHrwmJZqIwTKJNanYd22ZLu3b-dG4CkK5qDTi7RC65OI