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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, 2,584 hits)

Articulation (219.2 KiB, 2,542 hits)

Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 2,300 hits)

Lisp (217.6 KiB, 2,105 hits)

Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,990 hits)

Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,974 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 42,592 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,949 hits)

Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 13,476 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 10,218 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 7,581 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 8,064 hits)

Stammering (223.9 KiB, 9,648 hits)

Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 13,094 hits)

Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,971 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 34,633 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 13,059 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 27,117 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 7,087 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 14,156 hits)

Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,757 hits)

Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 13,403 hits)

Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 8,522 hits)

Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 12,677 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 3,257 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,653 hits)

Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,516 hits)

Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,539 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 3,377 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 2,033 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, 8,320 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, 4,289 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 12,158 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, 6,306 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, 8,198 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, 24,149 hits)