Speech or language impairment means a communication disorder such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

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A child with a speech disorder may have difficulty with the actual production of sounds to the point where other people cannot understand him/her. A child with a language disorder may have a difficult time understanding words or putting words together to communicate ideas.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: Speech and Language Impairments


Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

The mission of Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia, so that each child is afforded the best opportunity to develop speech. The site includes on-line discussion groups, event schedules, articles and products for children with apraxia.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. The site contains information about topics such as the certification process, careers, events, continuing education and practice management.

National Stuttering Association (NSA)

The National Stuttering Association is the largest self-help support organization in the United States for people who stutter. Their mission is to bring hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals through support, education, advocacy and research. The site includes on-line support, news, personal stories, video and events.


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