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Supporting those with Development Language Disorder

Published: 18 October 2019

DLD, You and Me

Friday 18 October 2019 is global Development Language Disorder (DLD) awareness day, and the theme this year is 'DLD, You and Me'. The Surrey schools Speech and Language Therapy team are raising awareness and will be supporting the DLD You and Me theme.

What is DLD?

Developmental Language Disorder or DLD used to be called Specific Language Impairment or SLI and is a life long speech, language and communication need that cannot be explained by an obvious cause. It is usually identified when a child has language difficulties which persist into school age and beyond.

How do Surrey support those with DLD?

The Speech and Language Therapy team are a mix of therapists and assistants working in mainstream and specialist schools across Surrey. Most children with DLD go to their local school, and the therapy team work with the school staff to help those children make the best progress they can.

Events taking place…

This year, the Speech and Language Therapy team will be wearing t-shirts in the week running up to the day, creating videos to promote DLD on social media, running bake sales, hosting quizzes and supporting some of our schools in running DLD assemblies. If you see us in our t-shirts, come and say hi!

More information can be found on the Raising Awareness of Development Language Disorder' website.

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