The DLD Project is all for collaboration to further awareness and understanding of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). That’s why we’re so excited about the work of Engage with Developmental Language Disorder aka E-DLD who are giving parents and individuals the opportunity to engage in research projects directly!
The Engage with DLD core team is made up of Dr Michelle St Clair, Dr Jenny Gibson and Professor Nicola Botting. They are from the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge and the Division of Language and Communication Science at City, University of London in the UK.
What does E-DLD do?
In addition to raising awareness of DLD, it is important to encourage more research into the causes, treatment and outcomes of children, adolescents and adults with DLD. Recent research shows that DLD is under-researched and underfunded in comparison to many other neurodevelopmental disorders. E-DLD aims to fill this gap by creating a research database of families and individuals affected by DLD. One of their aims is to help build a better understanding of what we know about DLD amongst the individuals most affected – the parents of children with DLD and people with DLD. They aim to achieve this by putting up regular summaries of DLD research on their website as well as feature the most important and useful summaries in their quarterly newsletter to E-DLD members.
Their second aim is to help make it easier for parents of children with DLD and individuals with DLD to take part in new research. When you sign up as a E-DLD member, you can choose to receive either monthly or quarterly emails about new, ongoing research projects. Once signed up with E-DLD, you can then choose whether or not you want to contact the researchers about participating.
How can you support E-DLD?
The great news is it’s completely FREE to become a member of E-DLD! Here’s how you can get involved depending on your connection to DLD:
- If you are a parent of a child with DLD under 18 or an adult with DLD, please consider signing up!
- If you are a researcher, please consider spreading the word about the E-DLD project to any local participants you recruit as well as consider using the E-DLD initiative to advertise your projects (see the E-DLD website and the page “Information for Researchers”).
- If you are a professional working with families or individuals affected by DLD, please consider spreading the word about the E-DLD project! You can find flyers and leaflets to distribute to suitable families on their website.