I’m Michelle from the University of Bath. I’ve researched language development and language disorders for the past 20 years. I do a lot of work to help people better understand language disorder research. Ask me Anything!
Hi Reddit – it’s great to be here! I am a senior lecturer in Developmental Psychology. My research looks at how difficulties in learning language in early childhood impacts other areas of children’s development, such as getting along with others. I mainly look at children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), or a primary problem with using and/or understanding language. This disorder affects 7.6% of children and often goes undiagnosed. I have written articles to help parents understand.
I am part of a project to help people affected by DLD better under the science and the research looking at DLD. We also link these parents and adults to new research studies – by improving our understanding of DLD we will improve treatments, leading to better outcomes for children with DLD. The project is called Engage with Development Language Disorder! https://www.engage-dld.com/
Although I currently focus on children with DLD, I also know a lot about how children learn language without any problems! Please ask me anything about language development.
I’ll be online to answer questions on Friday 3 November from 2.00 - 3.00pm GMT