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Researchers have launched a campaign to end 200 years of confusion in diagnosing a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects two children in every classroom.

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Following a five year campaign to raise awareness of language difficulties, the researchers are supporting a drive to agree a new, streamlined terminology that will make the ‘hidden condition’ easier to diagnose and ensure those affected receive specialist help.

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) will become the consensus term for language difficulties that can affect, on average, two children in every classroom. The condition can cause difficulties with spoken language, language understanding, communication, and reading, along with a high risk of dyslexia.

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