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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, 900 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 902 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 768 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 710 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 671 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 687 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 32,993 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,306 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,056 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,159 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,060 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,616 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 7,845 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 10,692 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 12,568 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 28,938 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 8,844 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 22,044 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 5,779 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,228 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 11,971 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 11,707 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,240 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 9,652 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,587 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,432 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,378 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,319 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 1,657 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 709 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, 4,130 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, 1,011 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 9,133 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, 3,644 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, 50 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, 17,137 hits)