Speech-Language Impairment

Students with speech-language impairment require significant educational adjustments as a result of having a severe ongoing primary spoken communication disorder.

Students with speech-language impairment, like all students, vary in abilities and needs. They will all, however, experience significant difficulties in at least one of the following areas:

  • Speech processing: Recognising important features of the sound of someone talking
  • Language use: This refers to producing language that is appropriate to the context and also to interpreting (understanding) language according to the context. Language use is sometimes referred to as ‘pragmatics’, and is often included as part of language production and also a part of language processing.

(Reference:  http://education.qld.gov.au/studentservices/learning/disability/generalinfo/speech-language/sli2.html )

To learn more about how speech and language develop, and typical speech-language developmental milestones, read this article.

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