A child with a speech impairment has problems with the mechanics of speech production when speech is the primary way of communicating. Speech problems may occur with voice (pitch, intensity or quality), fluency (the flow of speech) or articulation (the way sounds are made). The disorder affects how others understand your child's speech.
A child with a language impairment has difficulty in understanding or expressing gestures (signs/mannerisms that express ideas), spoken, or written ideas. The disability may involve sounds or sound combinations, forming words, or putting words together in sentences. It may involve the meaning of words and combination of words. It may involve the function of language communication. The disorder can affect school functioning through listening, speaking, reading, and/or writing activities.