Speech Impairment refers to the slow development of one’s articulation or comprehension, or the dysfunction of one’s vocal cords, which cause significant deviation and difficulties in communication, resulting in notable difficulties and limitations in one’s daily life.

Speech impairment mainly involves difficulties in uttering and pronunciation, voice abnormality (such as too loud or too small, abnormal tone, etc.), speech abnormality (such as involuntary repetition, prolongation or interruption), difficulties in comprehension, etc. The most severe ones even could be unable to speak.

Most speech impairments can be improved through electronic aids. Some students with speech impairment can even improve their conditions through speech therapies. On the contrary, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and other emotions or thoughts would make the speech impairment become more severe.

  • Due to the difficulties in expression or comprehension, students with speech impairment cannot engage in dialogues and communications with others at their own will, thus affecting their social relationship, making them feel isolated or misunderstood;
  • Speaking alone has been very difficult for them, not to mention speaking or expressing their views in public, which makes them more likely to feel inferior, nervous, cowered and at loss;
  • Since they cannot fully understand and clarify certain concepts through speech, they may encounter more difficulties than ordinary people in abstract thinking, logical reasoning and criticizing.

How to Help Students with Speech Impairment