Developmental Language Disorder
A guide for Parents and Families
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) impacts 2 children in every classroom, yet few people have heard of it. For years, families of children with difficulty learning language have been told that their child has a “language delay,” a phrase that suggests the child will simply catch up one day. We now understand that language learning difficulties can last a lifetime and impact the individual in every aspect of their lives, from academic to social and emotional development.
This free guide is designed to introduce families to DLD and provide information that will clarify their child’s current needs while also laying out a realistic view of DLD’s role in their child’s life over time. Filled with real-life examples and practical suggestions, the guide serves as a starting point for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone living with or supporting someone with DLD.
As a speech-language pathologist, Dr. Tighe specializes in working with children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Dyslexia, and other language-based learning challenges. She has earned recognition as a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language from the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders.
In addition to working directly with children and families, Dr. Tighe teaches courses on language development and disorders to future SLPs at Kean University. She is a founding member of the USA branch of Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD) and her work has been featured on dldandme.org and thedldproject.com. She also serves as a Topic Area Expert on Literacy for The Informed SLP (theinformedslp.com).