1st Edition

Supporting Children with DLD A User Guide About Developmental Language Disorder

By Kate Kempton Copyright 2022
    64 Pages 48 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    For effective use, this book should be purchased alongside the illustrated picture book Harry’s Story. Both books can be purchased together as a set, Supporting Children with DLD: A Picture Book and User Guide to Learn About Developmental Language Disorder [978-0-367-70920-4].

    Supporting Children with DLD, has been developed to help raise awareness of Developmental Language Disorder, and to highlight the impact of the condition from the child’s point of view.

    With activities, prompts and sample questions, this is an essential resource to enable adults to understand the reality of living with DLD, helping children feel heard and respected, as well as providing a solid foundation for tailoring support to individual needs. Drawing on specific examples from Harry’s Story, the book does not assume any prior knowledge of DLD and is designed to offer the reader accessible information and practical advice, teaching as you go.

    This book:

    • Highlights the link between spoken and written language, addressing the need to recognise the literary difficulties faced by children with DLD
    • Provides practical activities and worksheets that can be used to help children express themselves and ask for help
    • Offers strategies for supporting children’s understanding of language, based on common situations and experiences explored in Harry’s Story

    Written to be an accessible introduction to DLD and its effect on children’s lives, this is an essential resource for parents and professionals looking to understand the condition.

    Acknowledgements Introduction Considerations Chapter 1 What is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)? Facts about DLD? Why do we need to know about DLD? What is language and why is it important? Chapter 2 What does ‘Harry’s Story’ teach us? Difficulties understanding language Vocabulary & Word finding difficulties Difficulties with behaviour and social interactions Literacy Difficulties Communication friendly environments Chapter 3 Talking to children about DLD Involving children in decision making Top tips for talking to children with DLD Talking about feelings thoughts and wishes Comments, prompts and questions Prompts and questions to use alongside Harry’s Story Follow up activities Children’s profiles Make your own profile Easy or hard? Asking for help How to ask for help


    Kate Kempton is a community speech and language therapist in Devon, who works with children in early years and school settings. Kate has a particular interest in Developmental Language Disorder and after completing a Masters in Language and Literacy at the University of Sheffield, became increasingly aware of the links between spoken and written language. This led to a further interest in narrative language and the importance of being able to tell and share our stories.