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, 1,532 hits)
Articulation (219.2 KiB, 1,517 hits)
Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,292 hits)
Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,258 hits)
Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,153 hits)
Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,152 hits)
Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 38,455 hits)
Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 9,935 hits)
Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 12,024 hits)
Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 8,960 hits)
Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 6,635 hits)
Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,150 hits)
Stammering (223.9 KiB, 8,460 hits)
Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 11,542 hits)
Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 13,448 hits)
Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 31,428 hits)
Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 9,591 hits)
Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 24,408 hits)
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,238 hits)
Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 12,521 hits)
Working memory (97.2 KiB, 12,650 hits)
Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 12,395 hits)
Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 7,692 hits)
Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 10,670 hits)
Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,239 hits)
Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 1,938 hits)
Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 1,823 hits)
Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 1,757 hits)
Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 2,333 hits)
Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,167 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, 5,775 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, 2,442 hits)
Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams
Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 10,643 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, 4,824 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, 3,617 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, 20,584 hits)