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DLD resources directory

Resources for children and young people with DLD and their families.

DLD summary

RADLD  Raising Awareness of of Developmental Language Disorder

Speech and Language UK has lots of information for parents who have concerns about their child’s speech, language and communication skills.

DLD and Me is a website for children and young people to learn about DLD.

DLD and Me is a companion website for raising awareness of DLD with support and resources.

DLD and Adolescents is a website with resources and links to support children and young people with DLD, with a particular focus on adolescents.

Engage with Developmental Language Disorder aims to provide families with up-to-date scientific information about DLD.

Afasic have lots of free downloads for parents on their website and information about DLD on their DLD page.

NAPLIC A national organisation of teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals

National Literacy Trust is dedicated to raising literacy levels across the UK.

Words for Life is created by the National Literacy Trust, funded by Kindred², the Department for Education, and supported by UK publishers. It provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve their language, literacy and communication skills from home.

LuCiD will transform your understanding of how children learn to communicate with language.

The Hanen Newsletter – subscribe to The Hanen Newsletter and receive latest articles, news and tips on early language and literacy development.

A child’s perspective: DLD 1-2-3

Time: 4:37

Darcie’s story – a video about DLD for teachers

Time: 1:42

A young person’s perspective: Lily Farrington’s amazing DLD animation

Time: 2:00

An adult’s perspective: Life as an adult with DLD

A teacher’s perspective: Signs of DLD
A video to help teachers recognise some possible indicators of DLD in the classroom.

What’s tricky about reading?

This is DLD – DLD is a hidden disability. It’s more common than autism and two children in every classroom have it. Having DLD is lonely because no-one understands. My name is Ellen and I’d like to share with you what it’s like to have DLD and how you can help.


Supporting Children with DLD written by Kate Kempton has been developed to help raise awareness of Developmental Language Disorder, and to highlight the impact of the condition from the child’s point of view.

DLD Why Can’t You See Me?: Developmental Language Disorder 1 in 14 by Shelbi Annison. Shelbi was diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) as an adult which inspired her to write the DLD; Why Can’t You See Me? Poem. The poem has now been adapted into a children’s illustrated book which aims to help raise awareness and understanding of DLD. To give readers an valuable insight, understanding, compassion and empathy for the daily challenge those with DLD may face.


For more information please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Flockton House on 0114 226 2333.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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