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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, 1,159 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 1,128 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 975 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 913 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 841 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 876 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 35,735 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,581 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,424 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,545 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,284 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,822 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 8,080 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 11,049 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 12,930 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 29,994 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 9,087 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 23,227 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 5,955 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,766 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 12,249 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 11,974 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,424 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 10,063 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,884 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,647 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,574 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,485 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 1,929 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 906 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, 4,778 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, 1,647 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 9,735 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, 4,025 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, 1,264 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, 18,927 hits)