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Diagnosing DLD with Confidence

‘Developmental Language Disorder’ (DLD) is the nationally and internationally accepted term to describe difficulties acquiring language for no known reason.  However, clinicians are reporting a lack of confidence using this new terminology in their day-to-day work.

This on demand, self-paced online course has been specifically designed to support clinicians in private practice, education and health with embedding current research into the realities of their clinical practice.

Our 4 hour on demand, self-paced course features videos recorded during a live workshop delivery of Diagnosing DLD with Confidence to therapists from across the globe, as well as a selection of activities for you to complete. We hope this helps you to feel connected to the international DLD community working together to ensure people with DLD are recognised, understood, and empowered to live their best life.

Diagnosing DLD with Confidence (Individual)

1 year of access


Target Audience: This workshop has been developed for speech pathologists. However, clinical psychologists and speech pathology students may also consider completing this training.

Time to complete course: Approximately 4 hours.

Course format: 12 x pre-recorded videos compiled from the live delivery of this workshop. This course includes activities and links to resources to support you in your clinical work.

Benefits of on demand, self-paced study: You can stop and start or circle back on a section easily from anywhere in the world 24/7. Your registration fee provides you with 12 months access to this course so you have plenty of time to learn, reflect, implement, and return to the course material.

Course Information



Following completion of the workshop, clinicians will:

  • Understand the current research regarding diagnosing DLD.
  • Be familiar with diagnosis in pre-school and school-aged children, as well as working with adolescents, multilingual children, and adults.
  • Have exposure to applying the diagnostic process with case studies.

Following completion of the workshop, you will be invited to FREE quarterly group mentoring sessions to help you to continue building your confidence.

Please email with any questions regarding the purchasing process. If you would like to make a group booking for 5 or more participants from the same organisation, please email to make arrangements.


Shaun Ziegenfusz is a speech pathologist and researcher with more than 10 years’ experience working with people with DLD and their families. He currently works in private practice and collaboratively with schools to provide assessment and intervention pathways. Shaun is also a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate at Griffith University where he researches the needs and necessary supports for school-aged students with DLD from the perspective of key stakeholders, as well as being a volunteer member of the Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) International Committee. Shaun is passionate about blending clinical experience and research to support students, families, professionals and schools.

Shaun Ziegenfusz Co-Founder The DLD Project


All participants who complete Diagnosing DLD with Confidence will receive a certificate of completion.


The DLD Project is a self-funded social enterprise which means we receive no government funding or donations to fund the ongoing development and delivery of our services such as The Talking DLD Podcast, FREE resources and training for families, advocacy work with the NDIS, etc. It is our aim to develop and distribute resources that are accessible to all regardless of socio-economic status or location. Your participation in this workshop helps fund our work creating DLD specific resources, information and training for therapists, educators, and families. Thank you for your support and for your commitment to empowering people with DLD.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Alison Pennie

    Can I ask how long the workshop is? Is it a full day?

    1. Shaun Ziegenfusz

      Hi Alison, when the workshop is run ‘live’ it will take approximately 4.5 hours with a short break in the middle. We would anticipate that the presentation and associated activities would take about 4 hours (give or take).
      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Kind regards, Shaun

  2. Bev Jackson

    Kia Ora Shaun,

    Can I ask about the timing of the workshops, I live in NZ – could this work with our time difference?


    1. admin

      Hi Bev, It’s great to hear from you. This is the pre-recorded, on demand version of Diagnosing DLD with Confidence so you can complete it at whatever time works for you. We do also offer this workshop as a live event however we do not have any live dates scheduled for the rest of 2021 at this stage. Thanks for your interest in our work. Shaun.

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