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Borough Council to show its support for Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day on October 16

Published on Thursday, 15th October 2020

DLD See Me

"This year’s campaign is aimed at increasing the visibility of Developmental Language Disorder, a lifelong and complex condition that affects so many people but is invisible and hidden to most of us."

Following a request from the Speech and Language Therapy Centre in Nuneaton to ‘light up’ a local landmark as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of Developmental Language Disorder, this Friday, NBBC will illuminate its Town Hall premises in swathes of purple light.

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) refers to difficulties learning language and affects approximately 7% of the population. DLD causes difficulties with speaking, understanding and reading - with high risk of dyslexia. The complexity of DLD means that it can have a serious and long-term impact on development which is why it is vital that we #DLDSeeMe.

People with DLD are 6 times more likely to suffer from anxiety and 3 times more likely to have clinical depression. They are also at significant risk of struggling with reading, spelling and mathematics. Although DLD is a common condition affecting many areas of life, children with DLD are unlikely to receive access to services, particularly for girls. DLD has also been the focus of significantly less research than other conditions.

You can find out more about DLD and ways to get involved in raising awareness at www.radld.org This year’s campaign video can be found here

Nik Shegog, Children’s Speech and Language Therapist from the Speech and Language Therapy Centre in Nuneaton said:

“This year’s campaign is aimed at increasing the visibility of Developmental Language Disorder, a lifelong and complex condition that affects so many people but is invisible and hidden to most of us.  By increasing awareness of Developmental Language Disorder, we hope to help families and educators recognise the signs and seek out advice and specialist support which can make a big difference to life chances and opportunities in education, relationships and the workplace.

“The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust offers support for children’s speech, language and communication needs up to the age of 16.  We support children in clinics, homes, Early Years Settings, Children’s centres, primary schools and special schools. 

“If a parent, teacher or health professional is concerned about a child’s speech and language development, they can refer directly to the service.  Please see our website for more information and advice:  swft.nhs.uk/our-services/children-and-young-peoples-services/speech-and-language-therapy