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The DLD Project

Creating a world where people with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), a hidden but common disability, are recognised, understood and empowered to live their best life.

The DLD Project

Information for Families

Information for families

Navigating a Developmental Language Disorder diagnosis can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of key organisations working in DLD and journal articles to help build your understanding of DLD.

Resources for Families

What questions should you ask a speech pathologist? What’s the best way to collaborate with educators? How do you help people understand your child’s individual needs in relation to DLD? Get answers here.

Training for Families

They say knowledge is power. Our expert team has decades of experience working with people with DLD and they’re busy creating training materials to help empower you to become an informed DLD advocate.

Information for Educators

Identifying the two children with DLD in the average classroom can be challenging. We’ve compiled a list of key organisations and journal articles to help you build your knowledge and understanding of DLD.

Resources for Educators

Students using digital tablet while teacher interacting with students in classroom at school

COMING SOON – Are you in need of materials to support students with DLD in the classroom? We’d really love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, find materials here to help raise the profile of DLD at your setting.

Training for Educators

The DLD Project Educator

See our current DLD training options for educators including our soon to be released workshops developed by Dr Charlotte Forwood. You can also share your insights into educator DLD training gaps here! 

Information for Therapists

Supporting families through a DLD diagnosis can be challenging. We’ve compiled a list of key organisations and journal articles to help build your knowledge of Developmental Language Disorder.

Resources for Therapists

We’re working to launch materials to support you when working with people with DLD. Watch this space! In the meantime we have a great DLD awareness flyer you can access via this page.

Training for Therapists

Speech therapy activities

They say knowledge is power. Our expert team has decades of experience working with people with DLD and they’ve created training materials to help empower you to expand your skills and knowledge around DLD.

Language Disorder

1 in 14 Australians have a hidden but common condition (disability) called Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and they feel invisible. That’s the equivalent of two children in the average classroom.

This condition was previously identified by many labels, including, Specific Language Impairment, Language Disorder, Language Impairment and Language Learning Impairment.

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DLD Training

Have you just received a DLD diagnosis and are now wondering what it means for your family? Or are you a therapist or educator looking to sharpen your skills and understanding of DLD? Our expert trainers have decades of experience working directly with people with DLD to empower them to thrive. Our training is evidence-based and practical to ensure you can apply your learnings in various settings. We provide pre-recorded online courses, in addition, to live interactive workshops that you can access online or in person. See our latest training opportunities below.


Evidence Based Interventions and Strategies for Children with DLD

Evidence Based Interventions and Strategies for Children with DLD | Sat 18 Feb 2023

Diagnosing DLD with Confidence




This self-paced, online workshop has been specifically designed to support clinicians with embedding current research into the realities of their clinical practice.

Evidence Based Interventions and Strategies for Children with DLD


This self-paced online workshop combines current research regarding interventions and strategies with practical examples for children with Developmental Language Disorder.

DLD + Co-Occuring Conditions

This self-paced, on-demand short course has been designed to help educators and health professionals consider different areas of need for people with Developmental Language Disorder.

Planning Therapy and Measuring Outcomes for Children with DLD


This self-paced, on-demand short course will address goal setting and how to measure outcomes, so you know when the goal is achieved, and when it is time to start something new.

The DLD Project Training

2022 International DLD Research Conference (IDLDRC)

Did you miss IDLDRC 2022? The LIVE event has now passed, however all sessions were recorded so you can access the latest DLD research online, 24/7 from anywhere in the world! This includes 40+ pre-recorded research presentations!

The conference addresses the roadblocks to sharing the learning and insights that sit in the hands of a few, but could potentially change the lives of people with DLD. Profits from IDLDRC go towards a DLD Research Grant.


The What is Language? What is DLD? course has been created to give teachers and families a brief overview of language and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). It provides a starting point for conversations and more in depth exploration of language and DLD, a hidden but common disability that affects two children in the average classroom of 30 students.

A Family Guide to Understanding a Diagnosis of DLD


If your family has recently received a DLD diagnosis and you are looking for more information on what that means you’ve come to the right place!


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Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day #DLDday

Friday 20th of October 2023


What have you got planned for DLD Awareness Day 2023? The DLD Project Co-Founders are both members of the Raising Awareness of Language Disorder (RADLD) International Committee and are very passionate about raising awareness of DLD globally. We can’t do it alone and need your help! 

DLD Awareness Day


Are you looking for the most up to date information on DLD from qualified experts? Interested in hearing from families who have worked through a DLD diagnosis and gone on to see their child succeed? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The Talking DLD Podcast features special guests from qualified Developmental Language Disorder experts to incredible families who open their hearts and share their journey with us. You can listen online to our podcast 24/7 from anywhere in the world. See our latest episodes below.


Looking for the latest DLD news? The DLD Project Blog is the best place to find the latest updates on all things Developmental Language Disorder including discussions on recent research findings, walk-throughs of our new resources and informative articles to share with your networks to build awareness.


Keep up to date on what’s happening in the DLD space globally by checking in regularly to see our latest VLOG’s.

Increasing Research into DLD with E-DLD

In this VLOG we talk with Michelle St Clair from Engage with Developmental Language Disorder (E-DLD) about their initiative to increase research into DLD and make research findings more accessible to people with DLD and their families.

Intervention Dosage for Children with DLD

In this VLOG we speak with Dr. Pauline Frizelle from the University College Cork, Ireland, and Oxford University to discuss her important research into this topic. The findings might surprise you!

Rich Vocabulary Instruction for Children With DLD

Join The DLD Project as we speak with Dr. Karla McGregor about her research into the challenges of rich vocabulary instruction for children with DLD.

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