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Speech and Language Impairment

Speech or Language Impairment refers to a student's developmental or acquired difficulties in understanding or using speech and language, particularly as they relate to his or her participation and progress in school. Speech or language impairments are often evident in the following skill areas:

Fluency or stuttering
Comprehension and expression of language in oral, written, graphic and manual modalities in the areas of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatic aspects of communication
Language processing, including pre-literacy and language-based literacy, including phonological awareness and sound segmenting and blending skills
Cognitive aspects of communication, such as problems in memory and problem solving
Establishing augmentative and alternative communication, including developing, selecting, and recommending such systems and devices

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