Celebrating Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day

7 October 2019

Join us in raising awareness of Developmental Language Disorder and celebrating speech and language this October.

Leading up to Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day on Friday 18 October, a series of events will be taking place across Kensington and Chelsea to support the cause.

We will be hosting a launch event on Friday 11 October at Kensington Town Hall (Honrton Street, W8 7NX) where you can find out about the latest speech and language research and hear a keynote speech and a poetry reading from children's novelist, poet, and author, Michael Rosen.

Sessions will then be taking place around the borough and beyond from Monday 14 October, including training sessions, research days, pop-up stalls and more.

All the events are free and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions or would like some more information, please get in touch with a Speech and Language Therapist or email: commhub@rbkc.gov.uk.
For general information about Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day, visit the organiser's website

See the full programme of events below.


Launch Event

Friday 11 October, 1pm to 5.30pm
Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX

An afternoon of conversation all about speech, language and communication. Speakers will consider the importance of communication skills and give an overview of the latest research and work being undertaken in this field, with speeches from ICAN president, Bob Reitemeier and NAPLIC Chair, Stephen Parsons. The event will also give you the chance to hear the inspiring stories of local young people living with DLD. As well as this, 2007 to 2009 Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will be discussing the importance of spoken language before doing a poetry reading and book signing from 3.30pm. Bring your children along to see the spectacular performance and celebration of language!


Morning pop-up stall on Church Street

Monday 14 October, all morning.
Outside Church Street Library, 67 Church Street, Marylebone, NW8 8EU

Come and have a chat with a Speech and Language Therapist about anything to do with speech and language. Therapists will have helpful resources on hand as well as information on support and training currently available. If you have concerns about your child’s communication or would like some general tips, this is a great place to start the conversation.


Makaton Taster Session

Tuesday 15 October, 10am to 11.30am
The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, W9 3XZ

Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate. This workshop gives a general introduction to what Makaton is and how it’s used, as well as the chance to learn a few signs and symbols. Session open to everyone.


Open morning at Ark Brunel Primary School

Tuesday 15 October, 10am to 11.45am
Ark Brunel Primary School, Middle Row, W10 5AT

The Speech and Language Department at Brunel is a specialist resource base that provides support and intervention programmes for up to sixteen children identified as having a speech, language and communication need. The aim of the resource base is to meet those needs, so that children can access the mainstream curriculum and the social opportunities offered within the wider school, while developing their independence.

The space is managed by two specialist teachers, teaching assistants and a speech and language therapist. Come and take a look at this resource and find out more about what they offer.


Early Childhood Development and Communication

Tuesday 15 October, 10.30am to 12 noon Training Room, Cheyne Children’s Centre,
10 Thorndike Close, SW10 0ST

Join Julie Revels in a talk about the importance of the early development of communication and interaction, as well as considering what is currently understood about the impact of adverse childhood experiences. Julie is a nationally recognised trainer and consultant specialising in early years special educational needs and disabilities, inclusion, and social, emotional and mental health.


‘Words Alive’ Training

Tuesday 15 October, 3.30pm to 5pm
Christ Church Primary School, 1 Robinson Street, SW3 4AA

This training session is an introduction to teaching vocabulary based on research about how we understand and remember words and how we use them in context. The session will be based on the Word Aware programme by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan and includes lots of practical ideas to use in the classroom.


Developing Understanding of Developmental Language Disorder

Wednesday 16 October, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Road, W9 3LG

Delayed Language Disorder is often quoted as one of the most significant disability that no one knows about. This course will focus on how to identify and support children with the disorder. The session is open to anyone that is interested in learning more about the condition and getting tips on working with children who struggle with it.  A casual chat and lunch will take place after the session.


Talking Time: An update on the Early Years Research in the bi-borough

Wednesday 16 October, 12.30pm to 1pm
Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Road, W9 3LG

Hear Claire Forrest speak about her ‘Talking Time’ research, looking at how half of children in areas of social deprivation start school with identified speech, language and communication needs. Claire and her team have looked at the effectiveness of addressing this through improving learning environments and training nursery staff.


Using Apps to Support Speech and Language Development

Thursday 17 October, 9.30am to 11am
Hallfield Primary School, Porchester Gardens, W2 6JJ

Apps can be a great tool to aid speech and language development, they can provide information on tips on how to support your child and can feature engaging activities that allow children to have fun while they learn – but it can be difficult to know what apps to look for when choosing ways to engage your child in learning. This session will cover some of the points to consider when choosing apps and let you know about some of the best apps currently available.


The Impact of Language on Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Adolescence

Thursday 17 October, 1.30pm 3.30pm
Art Room, St Marylebone C.E School Sixth Form Site, 14 Blandford Street, W18 4AZ

There are close links between speech and language difficulties and social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Explore these links by coming to this session. Claire Forrest will speak about the latest research, having investigated the pathways between DLD and increased social and emotional difficulties in adolescents.


International Developmental Language Awareness Day – Shop and Chat Afternoon Pop-Up session

Friday 18 October, all afternoon
Sainsbury’s Superstore, Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA

Chat to a speech and language therapist about everything speech and language. Therapists will have helpful resources on hand as well as information on support and training that is available. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication or would like some general tips, specialists are here to help! Keep a look out for signs up around the Sainsbury’s Superstore on Ladbroke Grove throughout the week giving ideas for having fun chatting with your child while shopping.