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Communication Exceptionality:

Speech Impairment


Ministry Definition... A disorder in language formulation that may be associated with neurological, psychological, physical, or sensory factors; that involves perceptual motor aspects of transmitting oral messages; and that may be characterized by impairment in articulation, rhythm, and stress.

Other terms

Phonological Articulation disorder, Stutter, Lisp, Apraxia


  • These students are assisted by Speech teachers or Speech and Language Pathologists, in either a resource withdrawn program or at the local hospital.
  • Some program accommodations may be instituted for these students in the regular class. 
  • Speech impairments relate to articulation, that is how you speak.  What you say is termed language
  • Often or possibly it is an issue around muscle control and is seen occurring concurrently  with other small muscle control issues involved in hand movement and writing.


To Do

How can you accommodate a student with a speech impairment in your class and in what way can you differentiate instruction or use adaptive technology to assist this student?

Refer to Finding Common Ground and Finding Common Ground - Muscle Control.