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Speech and Language Impairment

A student with a Speech or language impairment is one who has a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment.

Speech impairments include:

  • Articulation: where the child produces sounds incorrectly
  • Fluency: where a child’s flow of speech is disrupted by sounds, syllables and words that are repeated, prolonged or avoided or where they may be silent blocks, inappropriate inhalation, exhalation or phonation patterns
  • Voice: where the child’s voice has an abnormal quality to its pitch, resonance or loudness

Language impairments where the child has problems expressing needs, ideas or information and or/in understanding what others say