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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, 1,111 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 1,070 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 914 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 878 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 802 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 818 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 35,135 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,517 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,340 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,485 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,246 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,775 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 8,030 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 10,978 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 12,862 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 29,754 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 9,040 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 22,930 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 5,916 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,639 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 12,199 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 11,914 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,377 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 9,970 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,822 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,600 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,526 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,447 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 1,861 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 860 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, 4,634 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, 1,456 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 9,598 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, 3,922 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, 1,070 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, 18,528 hits)