IDLDRC is an international, virtual event from 20-22 September (#DLDConf), providing a platform to share research about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). 

 The conference aims to address 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.

The cost to register is AUD $50 (ticket sales open 16 July 2021) and the proceeds from the conference will go towards establishing a DLD Research Grant that will be launched in 2022.



Access IDLDRC from Anywhere in the World

IDLDRC will be held virtually via asynchronous and synchronous events.  All presentations will be pre-recorded so they can be viewed any time during the conference (asynchronous).  

Presenters will also be invited to participate in Q&A panels in real time (synchronous), so participants can ask questions and discuss the application of the research. We will do our best to accommodate a range of times for these panels to enable access for an international audience.  However if you’re unable to attend, please be assured we will record the panels and share with all participants.


We invite researchers to submit abstracts to share their work on how to create a world where people with DLD are recognised, understood, and empowered to live their best life.

Abstracts using qualitative and/or quantitative methods, reviews or theoretical papers are welcome. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed and authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a recording of their presentation for the virtual conference. Each successful abstract will receive one FREE registration to the conference for the presenter/first author.

The call for abstracts closes on Monday 31 May (midnight AEST). Presenters are invited to submit a 250 word abstract via our website for a 15 minute presentation. Please note if your abstract is accepted it will be published in the program as submitted.

IDLDRC - Funding Future Research Into DLD

The best part? Proceeds from the conference will go to funding a 2022 RESEARCH GRANT to further research into Developmental Language Disorder!

Keynote Speakers 2021


Suze Leitão

Suze Leitão

From research to the clinic: Understanding and using intervention evidence

Since the classic systematic reviews of intervention (Law, Nye & Garrett, 2003; Cirrin & Gillam, 2008), we have seen a steady increase in primary research investigating intervention for children with DLD. It can be difficult for clinicians to keep up with literature and apply the findings to our clinical practice. It is also a key ethical and professional responsibility for clinicians to be critical consumers of the research: understanding the research designs and methodology, as well as the analysis and results.

How confident can we be in interpreting and using the evidence we read? Is evidence-based practice simply about applying the research?

This presentation will present frameworks to support clinicians in understanding and using the intervention evidence, and provide a current overview of the research base with links to freely available resources.

Cirrin, F. M., & Gillam, R. B. (2008). Language intervention practices for school-age children with spoken language disorders: A systematic review. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 39 (Supplement), S110-S137

Law, J., Garrett, Z., & Nye, C. (2005). Speech and language therapy interventions for children with primary speech and language delay or disorder. Campbell Systematic Reviews1(1), 1-85.

About Suze Leitão

Suze Leitão works as an Associate Professor of Speech Pathology and as the Director of Graduate Research in the Curtin School of Allied Health in Western Australia. She is a Life Member and Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia, recently completing 9 years as the Chair of the National Ethics Board of SPA. She is on the board of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 

Her research interests encompass theory, assessment and intervention for children and young people with Language Disorder and Developmental Language Disorder. She has published extensively in these areas with her HDR students and research group: Language and Literacy in Young People. She grew up in Europe, trained and lived in the UK, and currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Alignment

The work of the International Developmental Language Disorder Research Conference supports SDGs 3, 4, 8, 10, 16, 17 (and others). Each presentation will be aligned with relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

International Developmental Language Disorder Research Conference Web UN Goals

Who is Hosting IDLDRC 2021?

The International DLD Research Conference is coordinated by The DLD Project in Australia. 

We are an impact focussed social enterprise founded to elevate awareness and understanding of DLD. This is an exciting opportunity to present and engage with current research in a virtual space.