Question 1. What is a communication disorder?

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts of verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound. It may be developmental or acquired. Individuals may demonstrate one or any combination of communication disorders. A communication disorder may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities. (http://www.asha.org/policy/RP1993-00208/).

Question 2. What is the difference between a speech disorder and a language disorder?

A speech disorder is an impairment of the articulation of speech sounds, fluency and/or voice.
A language disorder is impaired comprehension and/or cialistoday visit page use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems. The disorder may involve (1) the form of language (phonology, morphology, syntax), (2) the content of language (semantics), and/or (3) the function of language in communication (pragmatics) in any combination.