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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, 1,059 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 1,009 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 863 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 829 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 764 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 775 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 34,598 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,458 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,259 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,424 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,183 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,722 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 7,974 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 10,882 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 12,772 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 29,557 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 8,984 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 22,680 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 5,868 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,496 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 12,132 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 11,841 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,326 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 9,864 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,764 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,548 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,484 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,406 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 1,806 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 817 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, 4,495 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, 1,310 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 9,476 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, 3,845 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, 905 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, 18,208 hits)