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.
These information sheets have been updated and revised during 2016 and 2017.
New – October 2017
Learning disabilities (96.2 KiB, 1,705 hits)
Articulation (219.2 KiB, 1,737 hits)
Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 1,472 hits)
Lisp (217.6 KiB, 1,428 hits)
Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,330 hits)
Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,292 hits)
Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 39,578 hits)
Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,115 hits)
Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 12,347 hits)
Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 9,192 hits)
Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 6,823 hits)
Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 7,298 hits)
Stammering (223.9 KiB, 8,710 hits)
Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 11,844 hits)
Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 13,784 hits)
Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 32,206 hits)
Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 10,399 hits)
Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 25,120 hits)
Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 6,368 hits)
Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 12,928 hits)
Working memory (97.2 KiB, 12,846 hits)
Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 12,577 hits)
Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 7,842 hits)
Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 11,153 hits)
Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 2,432 hits)
Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,068 hits)
Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 1,954 hits)
Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 1,905 hits)
Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 2,577 hits)
Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 1,328 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, 6,336 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, 2,953 hits)
Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams
Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 11,024 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, 5,227 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, 4,871 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, 21,414 hits)