My six year old daughter was just diagnosed with MERLD. Although I noticed something wasn't right when she was about 2 years old, everyone I talked to told me that she was probably just "late" and to give it more time. By 4, there was little improvement and she then started kindergarten. After working with the school psychologist, speech therapist, special ed teacher, regular ed teacher, and her personal aide, still no one could give me an answer. She had SOME markers for autism but not enough to put her on the spectrum. Tests for her receptive and expressive language were incredibly low (better than 1% of her peers), but still no one told me MERLD was a possibility, and at the time I had never heard of it. Finally, behavioral problems surfaced this year during 1st grade after having a wonderful kindergarten year, so I consulted a LSW through the behavioral health system in my community, within a week the possibility of MERLD was discussed. I sat in his office and cried, although it was sad to know that she could have MERLD, it was equally relieving to finally put a name to what it was my daughter was experiencing. I'm still not very familiar with what this disorder is, how it works and what causes it, or what treatments are out there. I know speech therapy is the most highly recommended, and my daughter was recieving ST services through the school until this past November when that faculty member resigned. Since then, behavioral problems have increased and I have not seen the same rate of improvement to her language skills. Working on trying to find a private ST to work with her, but until then any helpful suggestions or tools I could use at home or suggest to her teachers would be greatly appreciated. In general, any support from other parents who have gone through or are experincing raising a child with MERLD, I would be so thankful to hear. I just want to do everything I can to make sure that my daughter is recieving the best treatment and attention possible.