Disorders such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder and developmental dyslexia have received widespread recognition. As a result, children affected by these conditions are able to receive remedial services. In this article, the author discusses the possible reasons why developmental language disorder has not received similar recognition. One of the reasons, according to the author, is the use of ‘labels’ such as ‘disorder’ which cause stigma and create low expectations. Other issues mentioned are the relationship between DLD and language disorders associated with other conditions. DLD has heterogenous language features and has a multifactorial aetiology which could overlap with other neurodevelopmental disorders. The author suggests that further research in the aetiology of DLD and its associated characteristics may help improve effectiveness of identification and therefore, intervention.