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Sometimes it feels like people (especially professionals) use a special language all of their own just to confuse you. Here are some commonly used acronyms and their meanings.

If you come across any new ones that aren’t here then please let us know so we can add them to the list.

AAS – Autism Advisory Service.

AAC – Assistive Augmentative Communication.

ABA – Applied Behavioural Analysis.

ABC – Autism Behaviour Checklist.

ACC – Alternative and Augmentative Communication Strategies.

ADA  – Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder.

ADHD – Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADI – Autism Diagnostic Interview.

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale.

AIT – Auditory Integration Therapy.

ALN – Additional Learning Needs.

ALNCO – Additional Learning Needs Coordinator.

ANC – Autism National Committee.

AOS – Autism Outreach Service.

APD – Auditory Processing Disorder.

AS – Asperger’s Syndrome.

ASA – Autism Society of America.

ASCOSS – Autistic Spectrum Condition Outreach Support Service.

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder.

AST – Advisory Support Teachers.

BESDN – Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties Network.

BSS – Behaviour Support Service.

BT – Behaviour Therapy OR Behavioural Techniques.

CA – Carers Allowance.

CAB – Citizens Advice Bureau.

CAF – Common Assessment Framework.

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

CAPD – Central Auditory Processing Disorder.

CARS – Childhood Autism Rating Scale.

CASBAT – Communication And Social Behaviour Assessment Team.

CASDAS – Communication & Social Development Assessment Service.

CAT – Cognitive Ability Test.

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

CD – Conduct Disorder.

CDAC – Communication Disorder Assessment Clinic.

CDB- Child Disability Supplement (Canada).

CDC – Child Development Centre.

CDD – Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.

CDT – Children’s Disability Team.

CFF – Community Care Facility.

CEA- Certified Education Assistant (Canada).

CHAT – Checklist for Autism in Toddlers.

CIC – Child in Care.

CIN – Child in Need.

CIT – Communication & Interaction Team.

CLASP – Complex Learning and Social Problems.

CN – Community Nurse.

CPN – Community Psychiatric Nurse.

CSEP – Comprehensive Special Education Program (USA),

CW – Case Worker.

DCD – Developmental Co-ordination Disorder.

DDA – Disability Discrimination Act. (UK)

DMDD – Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.

DfE – Department for Education. (UK)

DLA – Disability Living Allowance (UK).

DAMP – Deficits in Attention, Motor control and Perception.

DDA – Disability Discrimination Act.

DP – Direct Payments (Government benefit – UK).

DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental disorders.

DVD – Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia.

Dyspraxia – Poor co-ordination of fine motor skills (movement).

EA – Equality Act.

EBD – Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Echolalia – Repeating Speech.

ED – Psych Educational Psychologist.

EDD – Emotional Dysregulation Disorder.

EHCP – Education & Health Care Plan (UK).

EHE – Elected Home Education.

EI – Early Intervention.

EM – Elective Mutism.

EMS – Enhanced Mainstream School.

EP – Educational Psychologist.

EQA – Equalities Act. (UK)

EYAP – Early Years Assessment Plan.

EYAT – Early Years Advisory Teacher.

GDD – Global Development Delay.

GEP – Group Education Plan.

GP – General Practitioner (UK) (Family Doctor).

HE – Home Education.

HMS – Hyper-Mobility Syndrome.

HV – Health Visitor.

IBD – Inflammatory Bowel Disorder/Disease.

IBP – Individual Behaviour Plan.

ICP – Individual Communication Plan.

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Act.

IEP – Individual Education Plan.

INCO – Inclusion Manager.

IPS – Independent Parental Supporter.

I.Q. – Intelligence Quotient.

JAD – Joint Attention Deficit.

LAC – Looked After Child.

LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

LD – Learning Disability OR Language Disorder.

LEA – Local Education Authority.

LRT- Learning Resource Teacher (Canada).

LSA – Learning Support Assistant.

LSH – Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist.

LSS – Learning Support Service.

MAA – Multi Agency Assessment.

MCDD – Multiple Complex Developmental Disorder.

MD – Medical Doctor OR Multiple Disabilities.

MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties

Motor Tic – Involuntary Movement.

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

MSI – Multi Sensory Impairment.

NAS – National Autistic Society.

NDIS – National Disability Insurance Scheme. (Australia)

NEET – Not in Education, Employment or Training.

NT – Neuro Typical (so called ‘normal’).

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

ODD – Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

OHI – Other Health Impaired.

OT – Occupational Therapist/Therapy.

PANDAS – Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus.

PCP – Person Centred Planning.

PCT – Primary Care Trust (UK)

PDA – Pathological Demand Avoidance.

PDD NOS – Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified.

PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System.

PIP – Personal Independence Plan (Post 16yrs – was DLA – UK).

PLD – Profound Learning Difficulty.

PMLD – Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

PPO – Parent Partnership Officer.

PPS – Parent Partnership Service (UK).

PRU – Pupil Referral Unit.

PST – Pragmatic Speech Therapy.

PT – Physio-Therapy.

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

SALT – Speech and Language Therapy.

SBMD – Sensory Based Modulation Disorder.

SCARF – Severe & Complex Accessibility & Resources Funding.

SCB – Severe Challenging Behaviour.

SCD- Supported Child Development (Support S/N kids in Daycare – Canada).

SDD – Sensory Discrimination Disorder.

SEBD – Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

SEN – Special Educational Needs. (Or Statement of Special Educational Needs)

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

SENDA – Special Educational Needs and Disability Act.

SEP – Special Educational Provision.

SI – Sensory Integration.

SIB – Self Injurious Behaviour.

SID – Sensory Integration Dysfunction.

SLCN – Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

SLD – Specific Learning Disability.

SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties.

SLI = Speech Language Impairments.

SLP- Speech Language Pathologist (Canada).

SLT – Speech and Language Therapist.

SLT TI – Speech and Language Therapist- Technical Instructor.

SMD – Sensory Modulation Disorder.

SPD – Semantic Pragmatic Disorder.

SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder.

SPLD – Specific Learning Disability.

SS – Self Stimulation.

SSA – Special Support Assistant.

SWAN – Syndromes Without A Name.

TA – Teaching Assistant.

Tactile – Relating to Touch.

Tactile Defensiveness –  Abnormal Sensitivity to Touch.

TS – Tourette’s Syndrome.

Vocal Tic – Involuntary Vocalization.