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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, 2,551 hits)

Articulation (219.2 KiB, 2,506 hits)

Dysarthria (219.8 KiB, 2,265 hits)

Lisp (217.6 KiB, 2,064 hits)

Tongue-tie (213.6 KiB, 1,952 hits)

Aphasia in children (216.8 KiB, 1,945 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (234.7 KiB, 42,505 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (219.7 KiB, 10,912 hits)

Selective mutism (91.1 KiB, 13,421 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (222.3 KiB, 10,173 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (91.3 KiB, 7,534 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (215.9 KiB, 8,019 hits)

Stammering (223.9 KiB, 9,605 hits)

Higher level language disorder (201.1 KiB, 13,030 hits)

Speech disorders (108.5 KiB, 14,921 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (240.7 KiB, 34,554 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (102.2 KiB, 12,926 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (252.7 KiB, 27,029 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (99.6 KiB, 7,045 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (91.5 KiB, 14,074 hits)

Working memory (97.2 KiB, 13,710 hits)

Short-term memory (89.9 KiB, 13,357 hits)

Long-term memory (90.3 KiB, 8,489 hits)

Bilingualism (125.0 KiB, 12,610 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (216.1 KiB, 3,221 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (215.9 KiB, 2,627 hits)

Executive Function (201.7 KiB, 2,481 hits)

Cluttering (212.2 KiB, 2,510 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (218.4 KiB, 3,341 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (44.0 KiB, 2,000 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, 8,246 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, 4,239 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 12,097 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, 6,269 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, 8,163 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, 24,050 hits)