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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 (80.8 KiB, 2,797 hits)

Articulation (205.9 KiB, 2,766 hits)

Dysarthria (185.1 KiB, 2,552 hits)

Lisp (180.9 KiB, 2,281 hits)

Tongue-tie (176.4 KiB, 2,178 hits)

Aphasia in children (180.0 KiB, 2,180 hits)


Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (195.1 KiB, 43,027 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (184.7 KiB, 11,274 hits)

Selective mutism (55.8 KiB, 13,801 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (188.0 KiB, 10,542 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (56.0 KiB, 7,801 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (179.3 KiB, 8,341 hits)

Stammering (188.7 KiB, 9,949 hits)

Higher level language disorder (178.1 KiB, 13,436 hits)

Speech disorders (72.6 KiB, 15,352 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (204.8 KiB, 35,035 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (65.3 KiB, 13,444 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (235.9 KiB, 27,556 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (62.4 KiB, 7,369 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (56.1 KiB, 14,498 hits)

Working memory (60.0 KiB, 14,060 hits)

Short-term memory (54.1 KiB, 13,684 hits)

Long-term memory (55.0 KiB, 8,779 hits)

Bilingualism (81.5 KiB, 13,117 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (179.3 KiB, 3,471 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (177.8 KiB, 2,839 hits)

Executive Function (179.2 KiB, 2,696 hits)

Cluttering (188.3 KiB, 2,725 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (182.4 KiB, 3,613 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (50.5 KiB, 2,229 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, 8,705 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, 4,612 hits)


Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 12,434 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, 6,512 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, 8,481 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, 24,499 hits)