Information on speech & language difficulties and terminology
Many different terms are used to describe types of difficulties with communication and this can be confusing for parents and for professionals. Here you will find an explanation of some of the terms used. Please contact us if you would like to attend a talk or workshop about the different types of communication difficulties that children can have. 

General terminology
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): This term includes all difficulties with any aspect of communication, including speech difficulties, language difficulties and social interaction difficulties. The term is often used by education professionals. 

Speech and Language Difficulties: This is a general term used to cover a range of difficulties. Usually it refers to just difficulties with speech or language or both.

A diagnosis
Sometimes a ‘diagnosis’ is given. This can be useful in some situations to help other people understand a child’s main difficulties. However, each child is individual and usually will have a mixture of difficulties and therefore one ‘diagnostic label’ may not give a clear picture. 

Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Language Disorder, Primary Language Impairment: These terms are similar in meaning. They refer to difficulties with language (understanding or expressive language),that are not due to general learning difficulties. 

Pragmatic Language Difficulties/ Disorder/ Social Communication Disorder: These terms refer to specific difficulties with using language in appropriate ways and interpreting language using the context it is said in. In the past the term ‘Semantic-Pragmatic’ Disorder was frequently used.

Resources and Support 

Moor House YouTube channel View our films about Moor House and from the SLI debate
  RALLI - Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments YouTube Channel Free films for parents, professionals and children about language difficulties. The channel features some Moor House students, ex-students and parents.
   SOSSEN!  Free telephone support and information for parents about your child’s rights and getting the right help for your child
  RCSLT - Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists For more information about Speech& Language Therapy and your local service in UK 
  ASLTIP - Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice To find an independent Speech & Language Therapist near you.
   Parent talks at MHS&C  For parent talks about speech, language and communication difficulties at Moor House
   Afasic  A parent organization who offer free information, advice and support in relation to language difficulties:  
   IPSEA  Advice and support for parents and carers to get the right education for their child 
   IASS Network Advice and support to parents and careers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN)  
   Talking Point  For information on communication difficulties