Evidence Brief No. 22 - Supporting school aged children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

DLD is a lifelong condition. People with DLD may require access to speech and language therapy services at different stages throughout their lifetime, particularly at transition points including preschool to primary school, primary school to high school and high school to further education.

However, in Australia supports for students with DLD are limited within public education settings. This is likely the result of poor public awareness of DLD by parents, teachers, and policymakers, as well as the heterogeneous nature of DLD.

Speech and language therapy and pathology services in schools promotes academic, social, vocational and emotional outcomes by facilitating student access, participation and inclusion in the curriculum and the broader school environment.