Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day!
Parents, teachers, and speech pathologists celebrated DLD Awareness Day on Friday 15th October with purple light-up events around the world.
Developmental Language Disorder involves difficulties with talking and/or understanding language. DLD affects 7% of children, which is about 1 in every 14 children. The students at West Coast Language Development Centre (LDC) have DLD. DLD is often misdiagnosed or misinterpreted as poor listening and attention, or poor behaviour. Support from speech pathologists and teachers makes a real difference, so early identification is important.
On the eve of DLD Awareness Day parents and speech pathologists climbed Matagarup Bridge to help raise awareness of Developmental Language Disorder. The event was organised by one of West Coast LDCs Kindergarten parents, and Matagarup Bridge was lit up in purple for the occasion.
More information about DLD and DLD Awareness Day can be found on the Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder website (https://radld.org/).
Speech Pathology Team