Prof Dorothy Bishop talks about DLD - Afasic

In this recording of the 2016/7 IJLCD Winter lecture, Dorothy Bishop introduces the new term DLD (Developmental Language Disorder) and explains why it should replace SLI (Specific Language Impairment).

In her role as Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford, Dorothy specialises in the study of language impairments in children and is a Vice-President of Afasic.

She led the CATALISE project which considered a range of problems around the identification and diagnosis of language impairments and recommended the introduction of the term DLD. Watch this lecture to learn more about the work of the CATALISE project.

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2 comments on “Professor Dorothy Bishop talks about DLD (Developmental Language Disorder)

  1. Hi, I am a SALT using DLD as a diagnosis. I am also working with children with High functioning Autism who have a language impairment. I use the Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMs) to measure outcomes and their scale is called Child Language Impairment. I just wanted to find out, for children with Autism who do have a language impairment, should I diagnose Language Impairment/Disorder? I wonder if Dorothy Bishop is the right person to ask?

  2. Hi Camilla,
    Dorothy Bishop is a research psychologist rather than a practitioner, so is probably not the best person to ask. The CATALISE project that approved the DLD label agreed some guidelines on the terminology for children in varying situations, and Dr. Susan Ebbels, a specialist speech and language therapist based at Moor House School, who was a member of the Panel, produced a helpful guide. You can read it here:
    I would imagine that the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have also produced some guidance.
    Alison, Helpline Manager

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