ST CATHERINE'S School has raised awareness about a language disorder that can affect a child's ability to learn.

Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) are unable to understand their own language, which affects their ability to read and write.

The Ventnor school, for children with speech, language and communication difficulties, raised awareness during National DLD Day.

A spokesperson said: "With this year’s theme being ‘light up the world yellow and purple,’ students created and displayed purple and yellow decorations around the school.

"They identified their own superpowers and took home the message everyone is a superhero, capable of achieving more than they ever thought possible.

"It is often referred to as a hidden disability and affects approximately two children in every classroom.

"This disorder impacts the development of literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being. However, the support and intervention provided by professionals, such as speech therapists and teachers, can make a real difference."

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