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Delving into Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) – Townsville | WED 8 JUNE

  • Delving into Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) | Townsville
     8 June 2022
     8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Talk HQ and The DLD Project present Delving into Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), a 6 hour face-to-face workshop to be hosted at the Mercure Hotel Townsville on Wednesday 8th June 2022.

This exclusive Townsville based event, will be presented by Shaun Ziegenfusz, researcher, speech pathologist, co-founder of The DLD Project and host of The Talking DLD Podcast.

About DLD

1 in 14 people are diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) a hidden, but common disability. 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.
Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) can have difficulties with some or all areas of language, including syntax, morphology, semantics, word finding, pragmatics, discourse and phonology.  Each child will present with strengths and areas of need, which requires an individualised approach.

What will the workshop cover?

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 workshop will support clinicians in private practice, education and health with embedding current research into the realities of their clinical practice.

Additionally, clinicians working with children with DLD and their families often need to plan for individualised interventions and support strategies.  However, there are a wide variety of approaches, tools and training available. So how do you decide what approach to take and when? This workshop will combine current research regarding interventions and strategies with practical examples giving you the skills to apply your learnings in therapy.

At the conclusion of this workshop clinicians will:
  • Understand the current research regarding diagnosing DLD.
  • Have exposure to applying the diagnostic process with case studies.
  • Be familiar with a decision making framework for language therapy goals.
  • Understand the current evidence for interventions and strategies to support children with DLD.
  • Be familiar with a range of interventions and strategies, as well as how they can be utilised to support outcomes in therapy.
  • Understand how to measure a child’s progress.

Who is the Delving into DLD workshop for?

This workshop has been developed for speech pathologists. However, clinical psychologists and speech pathology students may also consider attending.


Morning tea and lunch are included in the ticket price. Free parking is available at the venue.
  • Early Bird (ends 25 May 2022) – $250 per person including GST.
  • Regular Participant – $295 per person including GST.

About the facilitator

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 as a university lecturer and a speech pathologist in private practice where he collaborates 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 children, families, professionals and schools.

About the DLD project

Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day 2022

Extensive and evolving research tells us what works best for people with DLD but unfortunately these learnings and insights sit in the hands of a few. The DLD Project, overcomes these roadblocks by providing an online platform that distributes evidence-based information, resources and training created by contributors from around the globe.

In addition to offering loads of free and paid tools and resources to support the Australian DLD community a portion of the proceeds goes to funding game changing DLD advocacy and research initiatives. Find out more about The DLD Project here.

About Talk HQ

Talk HQ

TalkHQ started in Ayr in May 2012 with the vision to grow to other locations to enable greater access to high-quality speech pathology services for rural and regional families. TalkHQ speech pathology, offers a range of play-based therapy services for children who may be experiencing challenges communicating with the world around them. One thing has remained the same since its inception: TalkHQ’s persistent drive to:

  • increase ACCESS
  • increase OUTCOMES
  • increase FUN

About the venue

Delving into DLD Mercure Townsville

The Crystal Room, Mercure Townsville, 166 Woolcock Street, Currajong QLD 4812

Situated on 11 lush, resort-style acres just minutes from the centre of Townsville and only two kilometres from the airport, the Mercure Hotel Townsville offers a tranquil, relaxing choice for our workshop. Find out more about the workshop venue here.


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