These information sheets explain the terms used to describe various speech and language impairments.
They are FREE to download. If you need advice or support about your child’s talking or understanding skills, then please contact our Helpline.
These information sheets have been updated and revised during 2016 and 2017.
New – October 2017
Learning disabilities (96.2 KiB, 2,225 hits)
Articulation (219.2 KiB, 2,255 hits)
Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,976 hits)
Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,859 hits)
Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,737 hits)
Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,737 hits)
Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 41,625 hits)
Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,653 hits)
Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 13,099 hits)
Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,875 hits)
Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 7,282 hits)
Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,785 hits)
Stammering (223.9 KiB, 9,327 hits)
Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 12,613 hits)
Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,544 hits)
Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 33,945 hits)
Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 11,988 hits)
Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 26,410 hits)
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,826 hits)
Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 13,703 hits)
Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,448 hits)
Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 13,088 hits)
Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 8,264 hits)
Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 12,153 hits)
Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,970 hits)
Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,444 hits)
Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,292 hits)
Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,316 hits)
Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 3,079 hits)
Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,770 hits)
New Terminology for Language Difficulties
A summary of the recommendations made by the CATALISE panel of international experts, written by Susan Ebbels, a specialist SLT at Moor House School.
New Terminology for Language Difficulties - November 2016 (754.4 KiB, 7,569 hits)
Difficulties and disorders
Useful reading about various speech and language difficulties with in depth analysis, examples and case studies.
Parent case study – selective mutism
Parent story - my daughter and selective mutism (166.8 KiB, 3,885 hits)
Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams
Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 11,708 hits)
Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and semantic-pragmatic disorder: Where are the boundaries?
by Professor Dorothy Bishop
This 18 page document looks at the varying forms of language disorders and behavioural difficulties.
Reproduced by kind permission from publishers
Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder (163.0 KiB, 5,926 hits)
Social Communication Disorder (SCD) DSM-5 (Semantic Pragmatic Disorder)
by Margo Sharp
This new (2018) paper updates and expands on the Semantic Pragmatic Disorder article below.
Social Communication Disorder (SCD) by Margo Sharp (189.5 KiB, 7,720 hits)
There is also a short summary
Semantic Pragmatic Disorder
by Margo Sharp
This 18 page document takes an in depth look at Semantic Pragmatic Disorder with a list of tell-tale signs in various age groups of children.
Semantic Pragmatic Disorder by Margo Sharp (159.4 KiB, 23,208 hits)