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, 1,886 hits)
Articulation (219.2 KiB, 1,903 hits)
Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,625 hits)
Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,567 hits)
Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,454 hits)
Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,419 hits)
Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 40,303 hits)
Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,272 hits)
Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 12,573 hits)
Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,387 hits)
Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 6,939 hits)
Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,435 hits)
Stammering (223.9 KiB, 8,877 hits)
Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 12,042 hits)
Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,019 hits)
Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 32,796 hits)
Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 10,831 hits)
Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 25,527 hits)
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,491 hits)
Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 13,164 hits)
Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,031 hits)
Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 12,726 hits)
Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 7,953 hits)
Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 11,456 hits)
Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,584 hits)
Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,167 hits)
Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,035 hits)
Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,012 hits)
Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 2,754 hits)
Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,441 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, 6,636 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, 3,283 hits)
Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams
Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 11,276 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, 5,439 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, 5,802 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, 21,886 hits)