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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 (96.2 KiB, 2,146 hits)

Articulation (219.2 KiB, 2,173 hits)

Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,901 hits)

Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,786 hits)

Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,679 hits)

Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,661 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 41,342 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,578 hits)

Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 12,986 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,773 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 7,206 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,714 hits)

Stammering (223.9 KiB, 9,242 hits)

Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 12,477 hits)

Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,445 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 33,602 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 11,740 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 26,238 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,751 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 13,605 hits)

Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,356 hits)

Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 13,006 hits)

Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 8,210 hits)

Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 12,025 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,867 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,392 hits)

Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,242 hits)

Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,245 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 3,013 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,703 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, 7,343 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, 3,785 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 11,613 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, 5,824 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, 7,515 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, 22,949 hits)