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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, 2,328 hits)

Articulation (219.2 KiB, 2,356 hits)

Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 2,089 hits)

Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,950 hits)

Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,823 hits)

Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,817 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 41,987 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,754 hits)

Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 13,220 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,999 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 7,380 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,883 hits)

Stammering (223.9 KiB, 9,432 hits)

Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 12,770 hits)

Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,703 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 34,161 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 12,285 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 26,641 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,911 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 13,828 hits)

Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,551 hits)

Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 13,185 hits)

Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 8,348 hits)

Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 12,336 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 3,064 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,519 hits)

Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,372 hits)

Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,394 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 3,181 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,857 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, 7,817 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, 4,026 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 11,854 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, 6,071 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, 7,889 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, 23,510 hits)