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The SLP with DLD

We’re proud to be releasing this important episode of The Talking DLD Podcast in time for Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day #DLDday 2022. This years theme is ‘Growing with DLD’ and one young woman who truly highlights the potential of people with DLD is our special guest Juliana Hirn, Ed.S., CCC-SLP, a licensed speech-language pathologist and adult with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

Join Shaun and Juliana as they track Juliana’s journey to become an accomplished Speech Language Pathologist and share insights that only a person with DLD who is also an SLP can observe. There are so many lessons for clinicians, families and educators in this incredible episode. 

About Juliana

Juliana Hirn, Ed.S., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP). She has her Educational Specialist degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) from the University of Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in CSD from the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she is currently enrolled as a doctoral student. Juliana’s research interests include dialogic reading, language and learning disabilities, developmental delays, early intervention, early literacy, and Deaf/hard of hearing  and American Sign Language.

Learn more about dld

You’ve probably heard about autism and dyslexia but how about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)? With 1 in 14 people having DLD, it is time we talk more about this hidden but common lifelong condition.

DLD causes difficulties with speaking and understanding for no known reason. There are serious and long-term impacts, as it puts children at greater risk of failing at school and struggling with mental health and future employment.  The biggest challenge with DLD is you can’t tell by looking at a person that they have DLD and therefore, DLD individuals often get overlooked for support. 

People with Developmental Language Disorder can be as different as you and I. However, it is important to know that with the right supports, DLD individuals can thrive!

Find out more about DLD HERE.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Chris Akers

    So impressed and inspired by listening to your story. I too wish I could give the younger Juliana a hug. Thanks for sharing the link.

  2. Myrna Hirn

    I just finished listening to Juliana‘s podcast. I am Juliana‘s grandmother and I’m wondering if perhaps she inherited some of these tendencies from me.
    I too struggled with reading and comprehensive reading test in elementary school and high school. And today I much rather listen to something then read about something
    That was an amazing podcast Juliana so proud of you and love you so much

    1. Shaun Ziegenfusz

      Thanks for sharing! We have loved getting to know Juliana at The DLD Project. She’s an amazing person.

  3. Phyllis Miller

    I never knew of the challenges that jules,my grandaughter experienced during her school years,from elementary school through high school and also during college. Turns our she has been an amazing kid who persevered throughout all of these obstacles. She is now and will be an excellent clinician to support others ,,(children a as well as adults) I am just sooo proud of her. She was so fortunate to have had parents who were by her side and supported her through her lifetime and I then think of all of the kids who did not have these advocates. You ho dear jules

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