Learning about preventive interventions for developmental language disorder
Millions of children in Europe are slow to start speaking and are diagnosed with developmental language disorder (DLD). They struggle with severe and persistent difficulties in language understanding or functioning. Unfortunately, little is known about preventive interventions. The EU-funded DLD-PI project will investigate mutable and least-mutable risk and protective factors. It will forge a multidisciplinary, intersectoral and international collaboration with the universities of Turku and Oulu, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki University Hospital and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Piloting has already begun with the 1987 and 1997 Finnish Birth Cohorts. The findings will be validated in a new open-access generic cohort with an unprecedented number of variables from different registers, including an expected 150 000 children with DLD out of almost 2 million children.
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