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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, 1,012 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 965 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 832 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 793 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 737 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 745 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 34,053 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,425 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,196 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,288 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,150 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,685 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 7,927 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 10,823 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 12,674 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 29,376 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 8,937 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 22,469 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 5,836 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,409 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 12,089 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 11,798 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,302 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 9,801 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,691 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,515 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,458 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,381 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 1,761 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 793 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, 4,353 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, 1,210 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 9,374 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, 3,802 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, 751 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, 17,860 hits)