What is it about?

We studied the problems that children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) encounter when communicating in their daily lives. We asked parents and teachers of 5-6-year-old children with DLD to share their experiences. Parents expressed worries about their offspring's communication issues in various circumstances. They often cited difficulties when talking to strangers, and communication became even harder when affected by emotions. Parents see their children struggling with expressing themselves, understanding others, and being understood by others. Teachers evaluated children's communication in the classroom as inadequate, but deemed their social skills adequate.

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Why is it important?

Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) have communication difficulties. However, there has been no clear description of the communication problems. This is crucial because the outside world may not understand the exact nature of the difficulties. Our research indicates that DLD has significant effects on daily functioning. We also demonstrate that parents' and teachers' input is essential to gain a comprehensive understanding of communication impairments in young children with DLD. Speech and Language Therapists need this information to provide optimal support.


I think it is really important that we, with the help of many parents and teachers, provided a clear picture of how DLD affects communication. Parents’ experiences were often heartbreaking. One parent shared, “The kids don't understand him, and therefore don't listen to his input in the game.” Since communication is critical to children's growth and well-being, our study underscores the necessity for early intervention. The children with DLD were in special education. I was happy to learn from teachers that the children had adequate social skills and a good relationship with their teacher. A safe school environment helps children grow and our support enables them to develop their abilities. This is important for their future success and well-being.

Gerda Bruinsma
Hogeschool Utrecht

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This page is a summary of: Communication in Daily Life of Children With Developmental Language Disorder: Parents' and Teachers' Perspectives, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, November 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2023_lshss-23-00051.
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