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  • Mother of ‘M’ Story

    By Mother of ‘M’ M is 10 years old. He is a kind and very cuddly child. M cares a lot about the people around him. He can get sad for others easily. Sometimes, I have to say to him “just be relaxed you are not holding onto bad…

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  • How DLD affects our family

    By Aileen Burnett My name is Aileen, and I live with my two children, Isaac, who is 13, and Ozzie who is almost 8. Ozzie has Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and I am passionate about raising awareness of this hidden condition for benefit of other families. So let me…

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  • Our Story

    By Minna (Lucas’ mum) We are a Finnish-Norwegian family and we live in Suzhou, China. We have two children, Lucas born in 2010 and Oliver born in 2012. Lucas has Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Lucas said his first proper word when he was two years old. Before that he…

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  • The truth about being a mum to a child with DLD

    By Laura Barnes Poppy was and still is a delightful child, she is my third born after a large gap. She was born the day after my birthday and I always refer to her as a birthday gift from my mum who passed away 4 years previously. Poppy first…

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  • Griffin

    By Kristen Sharpe My son, Griffin, was diagnosed with an “receptive-expressive language disorder” (now known as Developmental Language Disorder) when he was just 2.5 years old. We knew he struggled following commands and communicating his needs to us. This was clear to us since he was 18 months old…

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  • DLD & Mental Health

    CONTENT WARNING: If you feel your mental health could be affected by reading stories about mental health difficulties and suicide, we advise you do not read any further.   By Lizzy Campbell Hi my name is Lizzy. I’m 31 I live in England. I was diagnosed in 2013 with…

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  • DLD: You and Me – A Family Story

    By Leeanne Good As a mother I knew that Rory’s language was not developing as that of a ‘typical’ 2-year-old.  I had expressed concerns at nursery, however, was told that his sounds and words would develop at their own pace and all children are different.  This didn’t stop me…

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  • I had never heard of DLD

    By Melissa Eccleston Two years ago my child was diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). I had never heard of DLD and although I had leaflets given to me and websites to look at my understanding was still poor. Part of this was due to my own denial and…

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  • I knew at 18 months my daughter wasnʼt communicating like other children

    By Jill Hayes I knew at 18 months my daughter wasnʼt communicating like other children she wasnʼt repeating words or calling me to get my attention. I began to ask other mums and was always told not to worry she will speak when sheʼs ready, the most common quote…

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  • Our Story by Glaucia Batista Geraldo

    By Glaucia Batista Geraldo OUR STORY Thales was my first and only child and I was learning from him to be a mother. Everything was fine. At 10 months old he said “mommy”. But shortly after his first birthday, he stopped talking. There were few loose words and little…

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