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