Acronyms Defined

As we accepted our roles as parents of a child with behavioral disorders, many things swirl around us and staying afloat can seem impossible. Sitting through meetings, doctor appointments, therapies, etc seem like all you do is make notes upon notes of acronyms and abbreviations that sounded more like reading an eye chart than actual diagnosis. This will never be an exhaustive list, but I hope this helps!


A Acronyms

AAC | Alternative Augmentative Communication

ABA | Applied Behavioral Analysis

ABC | Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence

ADA | Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD/ADHD | Attention Deficit/Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD | Autism Spectrum Disorders

B Acronyms

BD | Behavioral Disorder

BIP | Behavioral Intervention Plan

C Acronyms

CAP | Corrective Action Plan

CP | Cerebral Palsy

CST | Child Study Team

D Acronyms

DB | Deaf-Blind

DD | Developmental Delay

DS  Down Syndrome

DSM | Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association

E Acronyms

ED | Emotional Disturbance

ELL | English Language Learner

ESL | English as a Second Language

F Acronyms

FAS | Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FBA | Functional Behavioral Assessment

G and H Acronyms

GT | Gifted and Talented

HI | Hearing Impaired

HoH | Hard of Hearing

I Acronyms

ID | Intellectual Disabilities

IEE | Individualized Educational Evaluation

IEP | Individualized Education Program

IFSP | Individualized Family Service Plan

ITP | Individualized Transition Plan

L, M, and N Acronyms

LD | Learning Disability

LEP | Limited English Proficiency

LRE | Least Restrictive Environment

MD or MH | Multiple Disabilities or Multiply Handicapped

MMR | Mildly Mentally Retarded

Mod MR | Moderately Mentally Retarded

MR | Mental Retardation

O Acronyms

OCD | Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

ODD | Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OT | Occupational Therapy

P and R Acronyms

PALS | Peer-Assisted Learning System

PD  Physical Disability

PDD | Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PT | Physical Therapy

S Acronyms

SE | Special Education

Section 504 | Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

SED | Serious Emotional Disturbance

SI | Sensory Integration

SLD | Specific Learning Disability

SLP | Speech/Language Pathologist

SPD | Sensory Processing Disorder

T to Z Acronyms

TBI | Traumatic Brain Injury

TDD | Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf

TMH | Trainable Mentally Handicapped

TMR | Trainable Mentally Retarded

TS | Tourette Syndrome

T-TA | Training and Technical Assistance

TTY | Teletypewriter (phone system for the deaf)

VI |Visual Impairment

Voc Ed | Vocational Education

VR | Vocational Rehabilitation

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