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Campaigners call for better services for language disorder that affects two children in every classroom

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 22 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4417

Two children in every classroom are affected by language problems that can stifle their social development and education and increase their risk of depression in later life, academics have said.

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is now the consensus term used to describe a common learning difficulty where persistent language problems affect a child’s communication or learning. Study findings suggest DLD affects approximately 7.5% of children in year one, which equates to two in every classroom.1

Children with …

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