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SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Support Service - DLD (Developmental Language Disorder) Team


If your child is in their pre-school year or Reception class and has difficulties that may be indicative of DLD we can offer support.

Settings can make referrals with parental consent.

Features of DLD include:

•            unable to understand what is said to them unless extra cues are given

•            speech and language development significantly behind general development

•            not using words

•            not using sentences

•            relying on gestures and pointing to communicate

•            unable to make themselves understood

•            have speech and language difficulties that affect their learning

•            unable to listen

•            have speech and language difficulties that affect their socialisation

•            being frustrated by difficulties in communicating

•            show evidence of age appropriate learning development in other areas

•            show a willingness to communicate by verbal and/or non-verbal means

•            have a speech and language difficulty which is not attributable to bilingual language learning

We offer a variety of packages to suit your child’s needs

To make a referral please fill in the form available in Downloads and send to

For further information and useful documents, please click on the links in the Downloads box.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Robert Robinson
Contact Position
Manager, Special Educational Needs and Disability Support Service
01254 666 520
Parent Organisation
SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Support Service

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

The special education needs coordinator (SENCO) in your child's nursery or school can refer to our team.  Your SENCO should be the first point of contact to find out how to access our service. 

Other notes

The team is funded as part of Local Authority funding for children and young people with High Needs Special Educational Needs and is free to schools within Blackburn with Darwen Borough. However if your child attends a school out of borough the school is able to request our service and they will be charged for this

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Robert Robinson
Contact Telephone
01254 666 520
Local Offer Age Bands
0-5 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type