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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 (96.2 KiB, 2,032 hits)

Articulation (219.2 KiB, 2,040 hits)

Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,772 hits)

Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,671 hits)

Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,576 hits)

Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,532 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 40,912 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,427 hits)

Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 12,771 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,563 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 7,063 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,591 hits)

Stammering (223.9 KiB, 9,083 hits)

Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 12,253 hits)

Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,268 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 33,315 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 11,321 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 25,928 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,639 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 13,386 hits)

Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,194 hits)

Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 12,870 hits)

Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 8,088 hits)

Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 11,774 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,726 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,291 hits)

Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,150 hits)

Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,138 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 2,880 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,550 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, 7,107 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, 3,602 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 11,471 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, 5,599 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, 6,960 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, 22,473 hits)