Advocacy Resources

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and other language-based learning difficulties are often hidden or overlooked. Awareness, knowledge and advocacy are therefore critical in order to help young children with their extra support needs and utilize their individual learning styles. Below is a collection of useful tools for you to learn more about DLD and communicate your child’s best interest.

*Small Talk Alumni: If you require information specific to your child, please email us.


DLD and School – How to Advocate for Your Child

How to Build the Foundation for Self-Advocacy in Young Children

Developmental Language Disorder

Four Things You Might Not Know About Language Learning Difficulties in Childhood

RADLD – Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder

DLD and Me

Western University Language and Working Memory Lab – Resources for SLPs

Strategies on Supporting Language Development

Three Keys to Helping Your Child Learn Language

How to Build a Strong Foundation for Your Child’s Language Skills

Tap into Your Child’s Natural Way of Learning Language

Does Telling Children to Say Words Build Their Vocabulary?

Tips to Build Vocabulary: Repeat Words That Match Your Child’s Interests

How to Build Language and Literacy Through Powerful Conversations

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development

Choosing a Preschool That Encourages Language Learning: What Should You Look For?

Language for Social-Emotions and Executive Functioning Development

Use “Thinking and Feeling Words” to Build Your Child’s Communication Skills

New Research Reveals the Power of Pretending

Why Self-regulation Is Important for Young Children

Supporting Successful School Participation

The importance of positive self-esteem for kids

Literacy in the Early Years: What Children Need to Learn and How You Can Help Them Learn It

Moving Beyond the “Here-and-Now”: Using Language for Thinking and Learning

Preparing Preschoolers for “School Talk”

other HELPFUL links