"Speech Language Impairment" means a communication disorder, such as impaired articulation/phonology, a language impairment, stuttering,  or voice impairment that negatively affects a child's educational performance.
    Articulation  -  a significant discrepancy in the ability to produce sounds in conversational speech which is not consistent with or developmentally appropriate for a child's chronological age.

    Language - a significant deficiency which is not consistent with the child's chronological in one or more of the following areas: 
                 l.  receptive language skills to understand information;
                 2. expressive language skills to communicate information;
                 3. processing skills to organize information; and
                 4. an inability to use social language and the rules that govern usage.
    Voice - a significant discrepancy in pitch, intensity, or quality resulting from pathological conditions or inappropriate use of the vocal mechanism.

    Fluency - Abnormal interruption in the flow of speech by repe
    titions or prolongations of a sound, syllable, or by avoidance and struggle behaviors.
    Speech language deficiencies cannot be attributed to characteristics of second language acquisition and or dialectal differences.
Last Modified on May 30, 2011