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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, 1,282 hits)

Articulation (1.2 MiB, 1,222 hits)

Dysarthria (1.2 MiB, 1,060 hits)

Lisp (1.2 MiB, 995 hits)

Tongue-tie (1.2 MiB, 928 hits)

Aphasia in children (1.2 MiB, 950 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (1.2 MiB, 36,611 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (1.2 MiB, 9,675 hits)

Selective mutism (257.3 KiB, 11,610 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (1.2 MiB, 8,662 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (259.7 KiB, 6,366 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (1.2 MiB, 6,910 hits)

Stammering (221.2 KiB, 8,198 hits)

Higher level language disorder (1.2 MiB, 11,186 hits)

Speech disorders (108.6 KiB, 13,082 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 30,334 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (268.4 KiB, 9,200 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (1.2 MiB, 23,617 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (101.4 KiB, 6,031 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (257.2 KiB, 11,927 hits)

Working memory (261.5 KiB, 12,363 hits)

Short-term memory (255.7 KiB, 12,085 hits)

Long-term memory (256.4 KiB, 7,497 hits)

Bilingualism (283.9 KiB, 10,211 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (1.2 MiB, 1,977 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (1.2 MiB, 1,742 hits)

Executive Function (1.2 MiB, 1,645 hits)

Cluttering (1.2 MiB, 1,549 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (1.2 MiB, 2,032 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (30.4 KiB, 978 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, 5,050 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, 1,905 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.5 KiB, 10,008 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, 4,252 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, 1,928 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, 19,476 hits)