the following paper aimed at relating speech disorders and parental speech. the basis was a qualitative methodology through content analysis. eighteen relative/legal responsible-child diagnosed with having speech disorder and sent to the language and speech study center of the speech therapy service at the federal university of santa maria. the used instrument was a parental speech interview, where the parents’ wishes concerning the child were checked, the meaning given to the speech disorder and its consequences. the initial results, obtained through the generalization of the interview data, compare the participants in what concerns parental meaning to the child and the disorder. it was observed that behavioral and temper characteristics of the children being connected to the parental speech, they did not present any direct relation with the speech disorder.