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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.

Glossary Sheets

These information sheets have been updated and revised during 2016 and 2017.

New – October 2017

Learning disabilities (260.8 KiB, 1,064 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 1,017 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 869 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 836 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 766 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 781 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 34,694 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,468 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,267 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,436 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,193 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,729 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 7,981 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 10,901 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 12,785 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 29,599 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 8,988 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 22,723 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 5,872 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,510 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 12,141 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 11,851 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,337 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 9,881 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,778 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,554 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,488 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,411 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 1,813 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 823 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, 4,518 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, 1,335 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 9,492 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, 3,853 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, 930 hits)

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, 18,276 hits)