On Friday 15th of October, St Anne’s celebrated DLD Awareness Day. We wore purple and yellow clothes and our Student Council arranged games for us to play to highlight how much we rely on language.
Five things you need to know about DLD
1. DLD is a hidden disability. People with DLD make more errors or use simpler sentences or even have trouble organizing a conversation. These problems are not always obvious to the non-specialist.
2. DLD emerges in early childhood but persists into adulthood.
3. DLD affects people around the world, no matter the language spoken.
4. DLD is common. In one study, 1 in 14 children demonstrated symptoms of DLD. That means on average 2 children in every classroom will have DLD.
5. DLD matters. It can affect social and emotional well-being as well as success at school and work.