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#1 With support and understanding, individuals with Developmental Language Disorder can achieve social, academic and professional success

When provided with high quality support and understanding, an individual with Developmental Language Disorder can achieve social, academic and professional success.

#2 People with Developmental Language Disorder can have difficulties learning to read

Learning to read relies on language skills, which are the primary problem for people with Developmental Language Disorder.

#3 Developmental Language Disorder is a hidden disability that affects approximately 1 in 14 people

People with Developmental Language Disorder do not look different from their peers and it may not be immediately obvious.

#4 People with Developmental Language Disorder are not intelligent

A person with Developmental Language Disorder has difficulties with language not intelligence.

#5 A bilingual speaker can have Developmental Language Disorder in one language, but not the other

The development of all languages spoken by a person with Developmental Language Disorder will be affected.

#6 A child with Developmental Language Disorder may also have difficulties with attention, fine and gross motor skills, speech and behaviour

Although developing language is the primary area of difficulty, Developmental Language Disorder can often occur with challenges in other areas of development.

#7 Adolescents with Developmental Language Disorder don’t benefit from speech-language therapy

Research indicates adolescents benefit from specialised support to develop their language skills.

#8 Only children from low socio-economic backgrounds have Developmental Language Disorder

Developmental Language Disorder impacts people all over the world and from all socio-economic backgrounds.

#9 The cause of Developmental Language Disorder is unknown, but it can run in families

Despite the high prevalence, the exact cause of Developmental Language Disorder remains unknown.  Developmental Language Disorder can run in families and can be influenced by genetic factors.

#10 Developmental Language Disorder does not affect adults

Developmental Language Disorder is a lifelong condition. Even though it might not be recognised, adults can have Developmental Language Disorder too.

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