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.
ASHA (2003) Technical Report: American English Dialects. ASHA Supplement 23; Rockville, MD
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