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, 1,646 hits)
Articulation (219.2 KiB, 1,659 hits)
Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,410 hits)
Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,376 hits)
Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,262 hits)
Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,237 hits)
Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 39,157 hits)
Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,046 hits)
Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 12,236 hits)
Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,110 hits)
Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 6,760 hits)
Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,231 hits)
Stammering (223.9 KiB, 8,632 hits)
Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 11,748 hits)
Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 13,635 hits)
Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 31,890 hits)
Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 10,138 hits)
Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 24,896 hits)
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,321 hits)
Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 12,789 hits)
Working memory (97.2 KiB, 12,771 hits)
Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 12,508 hits)
Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 7,780 hits)
Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 10,999 hits)
Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,355 hits)
Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,020 hits)
Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 1,902 hits)
Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 1,839 hits)
Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 2,483 hits)
Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,268 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, 6,047 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, 2,732 hits)
Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams
Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 10,909 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, 5,107 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, 4,418 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, 21,071 hits)