Training Course: How to Support Children with Development Language Disorder

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Development Language Disorder (DLD) is a speech, language, and communication need (SLCN).

Having DLD means that an individual has significant, ongoing difficulties with understanding or using spoken language. This affects 7.6% of children. This can impact learning and achievement in school and continue through their adult life being a big barrier throughout opportunities, and social connections, if relevant support is not provided.

For children to be able to achieve their maximum potential, any types of SLCN must be diagnosed and the appropriate strategies and interventions must be provided either through school or private therapy sessions, or a combination of the two. With almost 8% of children being affected by DLD, teachers are very likely to have children in their classes that require extra support to ensure they have the same educational prospects as the rest of their classmates.

What does this look like in pupils?

  • Understanding or remembering instructions/information
  • Difficulty talking with others in the classroom/playground
  • Limited/ immature vocabulary
  • Difficulty finding the right word despite knowing the word. This may present as the child pausing, repeating or substituting the word for something else.
  • Reading and using written language
  • Difficulty understanding complicated
  • language such as idioms, jokes, sarcasm, non-literal language. Telling narratives/ retelling stories
  • Spoken sentences may appear jumbled or hard to follow


How will this impact my pupils?

  • Social interactions may be difficult for children with DLD which can impact on peer relationships.
  • Language difficulties may underlie behavioural issues such as anxiety or misbehaving in class (Bishop, 2012). The child may not understand or remember the instructions or rules they are given. Children with DLD may prefer creative, hands on activities.

While qualified teachers receive training on special educational needs and/or disabilities, the training does not usually go into great detail on SLCN and specific language needs such as DLD. Therefore, additional training is required to ensure that teachers, teaching assistants, and all other relevant staff have adequate SLCN knowledge to support the children they teach.

Chatterbug is a speech and language therapy provider for schools and parents, offering high-quality training to equip teaching staff with the skills and knowledge to identify speech, language, and communication needs and to understand how to support children with SLCN.


Sign up now for the DLD course on 18th November

Our upcoming online training course on Development Language Disorder takes place on 18 November. The 2-hour long online training workshop is recommended for:


  • Teachers and TAs
  • SENCo/Inclusion Managers
  • Nursery/Childcare Professionals
  • Pastoral Staff


What is covered in the DLD course?

The comprehensive course provides an in-depth overview of what DLD is and how it impacts a child’s ability to learn. The course will also show attendees how to identify DLD characteristics and apply effective strategies to support children with DLD. The strategies that are covered are universally proven to be the most successful techniques in helping children with DLD.


Once the course has been completed, the attendee will be able to provide more specialist support to children with DLD to help them to progress. It will also help teaching staff to understand when it is necessary to refer children to expert therapy sessions for further support.


Sign up for the 2-hour online course costing just £45 per person.

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