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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, 2,771 hits)

Articulation (205.9 KiB, 2,742 hits)

Dysarthria (185.1 KiB, 2,528 hits)

Lisp (180.9 KiB, 2,262 hits)

Tongue-tie (176.4 KiB, 2,155 hits)

Aphasia in children (180.0 KiB, 2,163 hits)

Updated 2016/17

Developmental language disorder - (previously Specific language impairment) (195.1 KiB, 42,980 hits)

Dyslexia/specific learning difficulty (184.7 KiB, 11,244 hits)

Selective mutism (55.8 KiB, 13,762 hits)

Autistic spectrum disorders (188.0 KiB, 10,508 hits)

Alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) (56.0 KiB, 7,780 hits)

Asperger's syndrome (179.3 KiB, 8,313 hits)

Stammering (188.7 KiB, 9,922 hits)

Higher level language disorder (178.1 KiB, 13,401 hits)

Speech disorders (72.6 KiB, 15,311 hits)

Language disorder: Expressive language disorder (204.8 KiB, 34,996 hits)

Inconsistent speech disorder (65.3 KiB, 13,407 hits)

Language disorder: Receptive language disorder (235.9 KiB, 27,513 hits)

Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (62.4 KiB, 7,334 hits)

Epilepsy and communication (56.1 KiB, 14,459 hits)

Working memory (60.0 KiB, 14,027 hits)

Short-term memory (54.1 KiB, 13,654 hits)

Long-term memory (55.0 KiB, 8,745 hits)

Bilingualism (81.5 KiB, 13,067 hits)

Auditory Processing Disorder (179.3 KiB, 3,446 hits)

Social-Emotional-Behavioural Difficulties (177.8 KiB, 2,822 hits)

Executive Function (179.2 KiB, 2,678 hits)

Cluttering (188.3 KiB, 2,708 hits)

Speech and Language Needs (182.4 KiB, 3,581 hits)

Dyspraxia/apraxia (50.5 KiB, 2,209 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, 8,675 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, 4,571 hits)

Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
by Pam Williams

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (109.4 KiB, 12,403 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, 6,490 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, 8,451 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, 24,459 hits)