A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds. A language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.
Speech disorders include:
Articulation Disorders- difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said
Fluency disorders- problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions or prolonging sounds and syllables
Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders- these include difficulties with drooling, eating and swallowing
Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:
Receptive Disorders- difficult understanding or processing language
Expressive Disorders- difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way