How to Support Children with Developmental Language Disorder

How to Support Children with Developmental Language Disorder

Course Overview

Our How to Support Children with Development Language Disorder (DLD) provides an in-depth overview including definition, characteristics and support strategies on how how to identify children with DLD characteristics, recognise the impact of DLD on education and learn a variety of proven universal strategies for supporting pupils with DLD within the classroom and readily adapt your communication and teaching strategies to these pupils. This condition affects approximately two children in every classroom. There is no known single cause of DLD, but it has a significant, life-long effect on children causing them to struggle to understand and use spoken language.

Why is it important to take this course?

Difficulties with language can leave children far behind their peers at school resulting in education being much more challenging from the beginning, playing catch up which can sometimes continue throughout their entire education. However, research has shown us that when relevant staff members at school are trained in specific interventions to support children with DLD, it benefits the child significantly and lessens the educational gap between its peers.

If staff do not have the appropriate level of skills to work with children with DLD then this results in children with DLD not receiving the input they require. This can contribute to other difficulties and setbacks. For example, they may not be able to progress academically due to weak sentence structures or gaps in their vocabulary that may limit their voluntary participation in class.

They may also struggle to produce narratives (written and oral) which will impact on the child’s ability in successfully participating and contributing to conversation as they will struggle to talk about events and retell stories to ensure children are given the best possible chance of catching up with their peers.

Without effective intervention, children often fall behind, struggling with education and even limiting their future employment opportunities. This is why it is so important for education and childcare professionals to have specific training to help them identify children with DLD and implement intervention in a timely manner.


What will you learn on the course?

● What is Development Language Disorder (DLD)
● What are the impacts of DLD i.e on speech, language and communication and wider impact to
● Key characteristics which suggests a child may have DLD and when a child should be referred to a Speech and Language Therapist
● How to support children with DLD in nursery/school through 3 modes of input Universal, Targeted and Specialist
● The various types of intervention which may be beneficial for children with DLD as well as tips on how to implement this at school
● How to support a child with Development Language Disorder (DLD) in your classroom setting

What are the benefits of attending this course?

● Gain more confidence to work with and support children with Development Language Disorder (DLD)
● Gain skills in identifying individuals with DLD and provide more specialist support to children with DLD to help them to progress
● Readily adapt your communication to suit the needs of all children with speech, language and communication needs
● Ensure all children have an equal opportunity to thrive and reach personal milestones
● Develop your skills in differentiating lesson plans to ensure your learning objective is accessible to every child in your class, in a creative and innovative way.
● Engage and motivate children more readily in the classroom
● ChatterBug Certificate of Achievement (Used as CPD Training)
● This course allows you to upskill colleagues in your setting
● Opportunities for further questions and access to further support


Our How to Support Children with Developmental Language Disorder, is perfect for education and childcare professionals, such as teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s working with children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking a degree in the field and looking for support and more information.


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  • DLD is hidden but affects approximately 2 children in every classroom impacting literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being (Source – RADLD.)
  • DLD commonly co-occurs with other neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD, Developmental Coordination Disorder, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.
  • DLD is 50 times more prevalent than hearing impairment and 5 times more prevalent than autism
  • People with DLD are 6 times more likely to have reading difficulties and 4 times more likely to struggle with math.
  • People with DLD are 6 times more likely than others to experience clinical levels of anxiety and 3 times more likely to have clinical depression.
  • Children with DLD receive less school and specialist support than those with Autism regardless of language, literacy, cognitive, or behaviour status.
  • 4 out of 5 children with identified emotional and behavioural problems may have unidentified DLD.

Our training courses are perfect for education and childcare professionals, such as teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO’s. The course is also suitable for speech and language therapists, undergraduate and postgraduate students who are undertaking a degree in the field wanting to learn about how they can support pupils in the classroom or their setting. 

At Chatterbug, we are always seeking new and effective ways to support professionals education and child care professionals who work within schools and with children with speech and language communication needs. All of our training courses are written and delivered by our expert Speech and Language Therapists and quality and evidence based intervention strategies are guaranteed. 

These programmes are designed to help raise awareness, teach valuable skills and share knowledge, and ultimately provide your staff with the confidence to support individuals with speech and language communication in your setting. The aims of these courses are also to spark your creativity when planning your lessons, in order to create an inclusive environment allowing pupils to reach their full learning potential as well as making the classroom and learning environment more inclusive for pupils with SLCN.

Our training and therapy programmes are designed to effectively target the following areas:


Focus on establishing supportive communication environments at home and in school, thus providing consistency. 


Create bespoke therapy sessions for individuals or groups, either as a single occurrence or ongoing input. We can also train parents and staff to deliver these programmes. 


We actively promote quality-first teaching, and can conduct a full or part audit of your staff and school environment to help tailor our programmes to your needs. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our training courses will be taking place online via Google Meet. All relevant support information for accessing the course will be sent out to attendees prior to the course.

We accept all major debit/credit cards via Stripe and Paypal. We have an invoice option for education-based settings, schools and organisations.  Please select the Pay by Invoice option via checkout and a member of staff will contact you and send the appropriate department the invoice to pay.

Once completed, and we receive your order we will process the payment and send you an invoice request, once the payment has been paid we will send you confirmation and details to access the course directly. Please note if you are booking on behalf of someone else or a colleague please ensure you include their email address and contact .

Yes of course, please add all the course attendee(s) full name and email address at the time of booking.

We will be in touch with a booking confirmation as soon as we process your email.

This will include full of your course booking and also a full invoice.

It should hopefully give you all the information that you need but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’re here to help.

Yes, we provide a certified ChatterBug Certificate once you have completed the course and provided feedback. 

If you have any special needs or requirements please let us know when you book your course so that we can confirm that we’ll be able to accommodate your needs before you book the course. Please also let the trainer know at the start of your training day.

Once you have completed the training survey, and the training course we will provide you access to the training recording, as well as any resources (if applicable). The recording will only be available for 2 weeks from the date this is sent. 

Yes, we offer post training support for our in-house training sessions. Please contact with any questions you have.

We can deliver a bespoke training programme to your staff. We deliver our training courses face to face in your setting and are commissioned directly by schools, nurseries, and academies. We work alongside trusts and clusters of schools to deliver the training programmes that you require. If our scheduled courses do not fully meet your requirements, we are happy to develop bespoke courses to meet the needs of your workforce and setting of a time and date that work for you.

What are the next steps?

If you would like a bespoke training programme or would like to to discuss how bespoke training could work for your setting please contact our office on 0113 240 8510 or email us at

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Dates & Prices

16/05/2022 3:30 pm

Virtual Workshop via Google Meet

1.5 hrs


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