I’m sorry I missed that acronym in the past. (I also missed DLD AWARENESS DAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020.)
Really it’s just one more official acronym to describe the pitiful state of childhood in the 21st century. Add it to ADD, ADHD, ASD, LD, ED, DD, OCD and lots more.
The Irish Times published a really positive story about DLD awareness entitled, Lighting up purple and yellow for Developmental language disorder. (Not to be confused with Lighting up blue for autism awareness every April.)
The Times explained what DLD is, and lots of speakers were included on a video:
Developmental language disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when a child’s language skills are persistently below the level expected. In DLD, language deficits occur in the absence of another condition, such as autism spectrum disorder, and children may have difficulty understanding instructions, finding the right words, using correct grammar and telling stories.
“In my day-to-day life, it’s hard, because it messes with your emotions and it can make you agitated,” says Robert. “And there are things that other people can do, like they can just start writing a story off the bat, but I have to take a couple of minutes to even think of my first paragraph.”
VIDEO: Raising Awareness of Development
…DLD emerges in early childhood but persists into adulthood.
People who have DLD have difficulty understanding and using language.
They may have a small vocabulary or trouble formulating a grammatical sentence.
Difficulty organizing the ideas they want to express and problems learning to read and write.
These problems with language matter. …
So DLD isn’t just a problem with language; it’s a problem with living life to its fullest.
Increasing awareness of DLD can help by motivating policymakers, funding agencies, educators and health care providers…
So just like autism, it “emerges in early childhood,” and we need awareness and funding for DLD. And just like autism, it’s something that primarily affects children.
One site informed readers: “DLD is a hidden but very common condition affecting about 1 out of 15 children.”
Numbers never matter. They don’t with ASD or anything else in the alphabet soup of childhood disabilities, so don’t let that one in 15 rate bother you.
OH, the same site said that the cause is a mystery.
When people over age 30 ask why they never heard of these conditions when they were in school, I guess the only answer is that there just wasn’t awareness back then. Thank goodness we woke up to everything that’s wrong with kids today. And as far as DLD is concerned, all we need is more awareness, money and purple and yellow lights.