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Use for:

  • Defective speech
  • Disorders of speech
  • Speech, Disorders of
  • Speech defects
  • Speech pathology

Broader Terms:

  • Communicative disorders

Narrower Terms:

  • Aphasia
  • Articulation disorders
  • Cluttering (Speech pathology)
  • Mutism
  • Stuttering
  • Tongue thrust
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Voice disorders


Speech Disorders


by Cynthia L. Cordova

Scope Note

Scope note and definition:

Here are entered works on impairment in comprehension use of the spoken, written, or other symbol system. [Quoted from:].

Speech disorders affect the language and mechanics, the content of speech, or the function of language in communication. Because speech disorders affect a person's ability to communicate effectively, every aspect of the person's life can be affected, for example, the person's ability to make friends, and to communicate at school or at work. [Quoted from:].

Speech disorders can be congenital (present from birth) or acquired (resulting from stroke, head injury, or illness). [Quoted from:].

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