Developmental Language Disorder is a condition that affects how children think about, understand, and use language. It is the primary impairment that contributes to restrictions in an individual’s participation and well-being in everyday activities. Since 1976, Speech & Language Development Australia (SALDA) have committed to supporting all children and young people to find their voice.

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Our Services

  • A unique Prep to Year 12 school supporting children and young people with disability for whom language is their primary disorder, encouraging achievement over adversity.

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  • Every child deserves the chance to succeed at school. Getting a good start in school provides the foundation for a child’s learning and development for the rest of their lives.

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  • SALDA are pleased to offer a variety of professional learning opportunities to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

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Research & Advocacy

Developmental Language Disorder affects approximately 1 in 14 children and presents as a lifelong disability of language difficulties persisting after entry to school. As the nation’s peak body supporting and advocating for the needs of young people with speech, language and related disorders, Speech & Language Development Australia (SALDA) is well placed to assist in closing that gap.

Latest Projects
  • Supporting School Aged Children with Developmental Language Disorder

    Today, Speech & Language Development Australia, in conjunction with the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association’s Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, launched our latest evidence brief, Supporting school aged children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). This new paper reviews current research about evidenced based interventions for children with DLD,…

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  • A day in the life of a . . . physiotherapist

      Hi I’m Emily and I’m a physiotherapist for SALDA. I work with students from Prep to Grade 12 at The Glenleighden School to assist students in optimising their movement. The goal of physiotherapy sessions is to improve the students’ health and wellbeing, especially their participation in the playground,…

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  • Webinar: The Language of Maths

    What if the biggest challenge for students in learning mathematics was that they just do not understand the words and meanings that are being used to convey maths concepts?  Mathematics has its own language that includes distinct terminology, syntax and symbols.  Students can have difficulty understanding the language of maths because…

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SALDA is a not for profit organisation with all profits and donations reinvested into expanding and delivering vital services for children with speech, language and communication needs.
You can help by raising awareness, taking part in a fundraising campaign, and donating to help kids find their voice.

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