What's the difference?

A communication difference is a variation of speech that is shared by a group of individuals within a particular region or culture. This should not be considered a disorder of speech or language. An accent or dialect, for example, is simply a difference, not a disorder.

A communication disorder, however, is significantly reduced understanding and/or use of verbal communication.   Types of disorders include articulation, language, fluency, and voice.    Parents and teachers who have concerns about about whether or not a child might have a communication disorder should consult with the speech-language pathologist at school.