International Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Research Conference | SEP 11-13 2023


IDLDRC is an annual international event held virtually from 11-13 September, 2023 (#IDLDRC), providing a platform to share research about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).  

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.

Access IDLDRC from Anywhere in the World

IDLDRC presentations are available as recorded presentations hosted on our virtual online learning platform. IDLDRC 2023 will feature three outstanding keynotes and 35 research presentations. Watch this space for more information!

IDLDRC is delivered virtually featuring asynchronous and synchronous events. All presentations are recorded so they can be viewed any time during your access period to IDLDRC. A ticket to IDLDRC is $50 AUD for 1 month access or $80 AUD for 12 months access.

2023 IDLDRC Keynotes

IDLDRC Keynote Professor Eadie

Day 1 Keynote: Connected, Collaborative, and in the Community: How We Optimise All Children’s Language Learning.

When children start school, they come with vastly different learning experiences, influenced by their early home environment, the community in which they live, and the early childhood education and care programs they have participated in. The evidence regarding these early developmental differences provides a comprehensive set of factors that both contribute to early language vulnerability and the potential targets for tailored early interventions.

Connected and collaborative health, community, and early childhood education services embedded in communities, provide the best model for equity of access to all children, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

In this presentation Professor Eadie will i) discuss the importance of continuous, collaborative, and cumulative surveillance to document individual and contextual factors that impact children’s language development; and ii) provide evidence of the high-quality early childhood learning experiences that have a significant impact on children’s language learning, particularly in the very early years and especially for vulnerable children.

Professor Tricia Eadie Bio

Professor Tricia Eadie is the Director of the REEaCh Centre (Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood) in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Tricia’s research is characterised by multi‐disciplinary efforts to understand young children’s developmental pathways during preschool through to school and the evidence‐based learning experiences and interactions which most influence children’s outcomes.

Tricia has been a Chief Investigator with the Early Language in Victoria Study since its inception in 2003 and is leading the current ELVS project focused on transition from school and post-education outcomes. Tricia has led longitudinal projects that cross the boundaries of education and health with a focus on universal interventions which enable optimal outcomes for all children irrespective of their circumstances. This research has contributed to understanding the role early childhood education can play in addressing equity gaps in Australian communities.

IDLDRC Keynote Dr Susan Ebbels

Day 2 Keynote: Maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of individualised intervention for vocabulary and grammar.

Language intervention requires commitment from children, families, schools, clinicians and funders. Therefore, maximising intervention effectiveness and efficiency is vital. This involves maximising progress while minimising time. Time-related aspects of intervention delivery might be centrally determined, but clinicians generally have control over intervention targets, steps, techniques and within session dosage.  

Dr Ebbels will present her teams intervention studies for vocabulary and grammar with young people with DLD, particularly considering the potential influence of intervention targets, techniques, dosage and time in intervention on outcomes and generalisation. The keynote will consider which aspects of intervention appear to be the more important and where we can be more flexible. 

Dr Susan Ebbels Bio

Dr Susan Ebbels is a Speech & Language Therapist and Director of Moor House Research and Training Institute at Moor House School & College, Surrey, UK, a specialist school for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) aged 7-19. She is on the editorial boards of International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and Child Language Teaching and Therapy. She has an honorary lectureship at UCL and is also a specialist advisor for Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. 

She is passionate about the need for evidence-based practice and has carried out and coordinated many intervention studies on a range of areas, but with a particular focus on improving the comprehension and production of grammar in children with language disorders using her SHAPE CODINGTM system. She delivers regular courses both on the SHAPE CODINGTM system and on the current evidence base for school-aged children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

IDLDRC Keynote Dr Rouzana Komesidou

Day 3 Keynote: Bridging research and practice for developmental language disorder: Lessons from implementation science

There is an immense gap between what we know from research and what happens in educational and clinical practice, leading to delays and inefficiencies in service delivery, inequities, and poor outcomes in people with developmental language disorder. Implementation science aims to address this gap by promoting the systematic uptake of evidence-based practices in routine settings. My keynote presentation will focus on important lessons from implementation science, such as designing research studies with implementation in mind, understanding educational and clinical contexts, and building capacity for local ownership. Implementation science holds great promise for transforming systems worldwide and supporting access to services that meet the needs and expectations of people with developmental language disorder.

Dr Rouzana Komesidou Bio

Dr. Rouzana Komesidou is an implementation scientist, a consultant, and the founder of Mosinian Research & Consultancy, located in Cyprus. Her research aims to create the necessary conditions to implement and sustain evidence-based practices for children with communication disorders, including developmental language disorder. 

She has published in the areas of early screening, language intervention, interprofessional collaboration, and implementation science. As a consultant, she helps clients around the world use implementation science to improve the quality of educational and clinical services. 

Dr. Komesidou has recently created Action for DLD, a community-based initiative that seeks to raise awareness and educate about DLD in Cyprus and Greece. You can connect with her via her website ( or social media @rkomesidou.

IDLDRC Research Grant - Funding Research Into DLD

The best part? Profits from IDLDRC go to funding a DLD RESEARCH GRANT to further research into Developmental Language Disorder! The 2023 research grant is for $10,000 AUD and applications are CLOSED. Watch the videos below to meet our two previous grant recipients all funded by the delegates and sponsors of IDLDRC. THANK YOU!


Sponsors of IDLDRC 2023


Based in Western Australia, Fremantle Speech Pathology Services is a dynamic multidisciplinary clinic with over 30 therapists working across speech, language and literacy areas. The clinic promotes a strong culture of collaboration and support across the speech pathology community; it provides practical clinical experience for final year speech pathology students, which affords enormous satisfaction for all involved.

Find out more about Fremantle Speech Pathology Services at their website.

Language Dynamics Group is committed to developing, validating, and disseminating empirically supported assessment and intervention materials and procedures for use with diverse children. We believe that all children, regardless of cultural and linguistic diversity or disability, have the right to effective instruction.

  1. Screen for dyslexia in minutes with the PEARL
  2. Assess language, reading and decoding with CUBED-3
  3. Provide language intervention with Story Champs®

Find out more about Language Dynamics Group at their website.


Resources for teachers and speech and language pathologists working with children with Developmental Language Disorder and speech, language & communication needs (SLCN), that’s our business.

Cost-effective, attractive resources, assessments and Apps, which are devised by experts and loved by children. Visit the Black Sheep Press website.


Mosinian Research & Consultancy, leverages implementation science to advance evidence-based services for children with communication disorders and to help researchers, practitioners, and organizations in Cyprus and around the world transform education and healthcare systems. Visit the Mosinian Research & Consultany website.

Majority World Countries & Developing Communities Access Grants for IDLDRC 2023

The DLD Project provides the opportunity for 25 delegates whose work benefits Majority World Countries or Developing Communities to access a fully-funded conference registration. Delegates whose application qualifies can register for the conference allowing access to the IDLDRC materials for up to 12 months. Applications will open soon!

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


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Who is Hosting IDLDRC 2023?

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.