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Disability Awareness

This topic guide is an introduction to disability awareness that includes resources for research and informal learning.

Language and Speech Disorders in Children

Examples of problems with language and speech development include the following:

  • Speech disorders
    • Difficulty with forming specific words or sounds correctly.
    • Difficulty with making words or sentences flow smoothly, like stuttering or stammering.
  • Language delay – the ability to understand and speak develops more slowly than is typical
  • Language disorders
    • Aphasia (difficulty understanding or speaking parts of language due to a brain injury or how the brain works).
    • Auditory processing disorder (difficulty understanding the meaning of the sounds that the ear sends to the brain


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2023). Speech sound disorders: Articulation and phonology.


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2022, May 11). Language and speech disorders in children. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.