Opportunities for more inclusive education for older students with DLD (MIOO)

Since the introduction of passend onderwijs (in English: appropriate education) an increasing number of students with a developmental language disorder (DLD) attend regular schools. Simultaneously, the number of students with DLD in special education (cluster 2) is decreasing, especially in the upper years of primary education and secondary education. Due to this shift in educational places for older students with DLD, it becomes increasingly necessary to keep track of the educational needs of these students, both in regular education and cluster 2 (special) education.

For some students with DLD, cluster 2 schools will be able to provide the best education, whereas for other students with DLD regular education is more suitable. But why is that the case? When does a student with DLD attend regular or cluster 2 education, and what do students need in these settings?

These are the central questions in the project MIOO (Opportunities for more inclusive education for older students with DLD). In this project, we aim to provide a broad overview of the characteristics and educational needs of older students (9- 15 years old) with DLD, both in regular and special education. Additionally, we investigate whether and how educational professionals can meet those educational needs and what kind of support they require to do so.



    This project is carried out in collaboration with the 'Koninklijke Auris Groep (Dutch website)'

    • Edwin Oomen
    • Darlene Keydeniers
    • Marije Boonstra


    This project is funded by the 'Koninklijke Auris Groep'.