Supporting Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Dyslexia: Learn from Language and Literacy Expert, Dr. Tiffany Hogan

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month, and October 14 marked 2022 Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Day. With such notable recognitions, this month is an important time to learn about language-based learning disabilities and advocate for children diagnosed with dyslexia and DLD. The Windward Institute (WI) is committed to advocacy for all children with language-based learning disabilities by offering professional learning opportunities and resources led by experts in the field of reading and language

The Windward Institute welcomes new faculty member, Tiffany Hogan, PhD, who will lead the afternoon workshop, “Language-based Learning Disabilities: From DLD to Dyslexia” on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

Dr. Hogan is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Director of the Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab, and Research Associate at Harvard University. She has published over 100 papers on oral and written language development with a focus on children with developmental language disorders (DLD), dyslexia, and speech sound disorders.

What is DLD?

A genetic, brain-based condition that impacts how children understand and use language, DLD leads to challenges in spoken language and language comprehension. Children with DLD may have difficulty with production of language using appropriate syntax, grammar, and vocabulary; following directions; and organizing verbal discourse. Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a term that originated in 2017, but the condition has been documented for centuries. In has been known as other classifications including specific language impairment, speech-language impairment, expressive-receptive language disorder, and language delay.

DLD affects about 1 in 14 children, and children with DLD have a higher likelihood of developing dyslexia. Lack of awareness about the prevalence of DLD and its impact on language learning, academic progress, and social development have led to insufficient resources and interventions for individuals with this life-long disorder.

Developmental Language Disorder is one of the most common but hidden learning disabilities, and actually understanding this disorder will help so many children that are struggling and feel a lot of shame due to their challenges.

- Tiffany Hogan, PhD Episode 6 of The READ Podcast

In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Hogan will present practical tools and strategies to support children with DLD and dyslexia in school and at home. Topics will include resources, evidence-based assessments, and specific instructional interventions designed to help students meet their language and literacy goals.

This class is for all educators, speech-language practitioners, and parents/guardians committed to helping children with language-based learning disabilities thrive academically and socially.

Attendees of The Windward School’s Fall Community Lecture in October will find that this two-hour workshop expands on the material in Dr. Hogan’s talk by providing direct and actionable tools that can be implemented across a variety of settings.


Learn more about DLD and Dr. Hogan by visiting these resources:

Workshop: Register now for Dr. Hogan’s workshop on January 24, 2023 “Language-Based Learning Disabilities: From DLD to Dyslexia.”

About DLD:

Support and resources:

Listen to Episode 6 of the READ Podcast with Dr. Hogan:

Listen to Dr. Hogan’s podcast, SeeHearSpeak: