1 in 14 children have language disorder. That’s two children in every classroom.

Children with language disorder can find it hard to make friends and statistically are at higher risk of incarceration.

Children and young people with language disorder are as able and healthy as other children. With one primary exception; they have great difficulty thinking about, understanding and using language.

They are often as intelligent as any other child of their age but they still have difficulties with speech and language.

A child with language disorder will not develop speech and language skills in the typical way and more often than not, there is no obvious reason for this difficulty.

This means a child with language disorder can be creative and eager to learn, but struggle to understand the language used in the classroom. They may have lots of ideas but find it hard to put sentences together to communicate what they are thinking.

Language disorder looks different in everyone, and can be difficult to understand because we don’t know the cause. We do know the speech and language part of the brain does not develop like others, and genetics play an important part.

Our commitment is to find out all that we can and the funds you raise will help us unlock the complexities of language disorder so we can do more to help children affected.

Watch our video below to see how therapy coupled with hard work by children like Aaron can help children with language disorder reach their full potential.

“Imagine a world where language is a constant battle to process and understand. You have to break down each word and attempt to turn it into a word you understand. Then add context. Then make it into a sentence. Then write it. This takes an enormous amount of energy and concentration; children with language disorder go through this every day just to understand their own language and make sense of their experiences.”

Amy Heslop, Mum to Ryan who has language disorder

“Imagine having to fight 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for the rest of your life, just to be heard.”

Chloe, mum to 5-year-old Ethan