Abbreviations List

Below is a list of definitions for commonly-used abbreviations on this site and in the care of special needs children in general.

ABA = Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA = Applied Behavior Analysis (therapy method)/

AD/HD = The DSM-IV eliminated the diagnosis of ADD and replaced it with AD/HD (for Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). The specifiers for subtypes for this disorder are Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive or Combined

ADA = The Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD = Attention Deficit Disorder. Now replaced by AD/HD

ADD-RT = ADD that lasts into Adulthood is referred to as ADD-RT (Residual Type)

ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AEA = Area Education Agency, provides support services to

AIT = Auditory Integration Training

AIT = Advanced Individual Training or Auditory Integration Therapy

APD = Auditory Processing Disorder

AS = Asperger's Syndrome (part of the autism spectrum)

ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASPIE = A person with Asperger's Syndrome

AUTIE = A person with Autism

BIL = Brother-In-Law

BIP = Behavior Improvement Plan

BMP = Behavior Management Plan

BP = Bi-Polar (formerly called 'manic depressive')

CAPD = Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CARS = Childhood Autism Rating Scale (diagnostic and evaluation tool)

CAT Scan = Computer Axial Tomography - a scan using an xray machine linked to a computer that produces a scan in cross sections catalog of medical diagnoses)

CF = Cystic Fibrosis

CF = Casein Free (milk protein)

CFS = Chronic fatigue syndrome

CNS = Central Nervous System

CP = Cerebral Palsy

CVPD = Central Vision Processing Disorder

DAS = Developmental Apraxia of Speech

DCD = Development Coordination Disorder (DSM IV 315.4)

DD = Darling Daughter (in email)

DD = Developmentally Delayed

DD = Development Disorder/Developmental Disabilities

DH = Darling Husband (in email)

DH = Developmentally Handicapped (used in some areas instead of DD)

DHH = Deaf and Hard of Hearing

DMG = Dimethyl Glycine (a supplement)

DSM = Disablity Statistical Manual (enormous industry-standard

DSM-IV = Diagnostic Statistical Manual (edition IV) the current

DSMR = Diagnostic Statistical Manual (Revised)

DSPS = Disabled Students' Programs and Services

DVD = Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia

DX = Diagnosis

EBD = Emotional Behavior Disorder

ECG = ElectroCardioGram - records electrical activity in the heart

EEG = ElectroEncephaloGram - records electrical brain-wave activity in the brain

EI = Early Intervention

FAPE = Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA = Functional Behavioral Assessment

FC = Facilitated Communication

FDA = Food and Drug Administration

FIL = Father-In-Law

FSP = Family Support Plan

GF = Gluten Free (protein in small grains)

GFCF = Gluten Free / Casein Free diet

GI = Gastro Intestinal

GT/LD = Gifted, Talented & Learning Disabled

HFA = High Functioning Autism (autism without mental retardation, e.g. w/IQ of 70 or higher)

HI = Hearing Impaired (all of us in general)

IDEA = Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

IEP = Individual Education Plan

IQ = Intelligence Quotient

LD = Learning Disabilities/Differences

LDA = Learning Disabilities Association

LF = Lactose Free (milk sugar)

LFA = Low Functioning Autism

LI = Lactose Intolerant

M-D = Manic Depression (Bipolar depression)

MDO = Major Depressive Disorder

MDT = Multidisciplinary Team (teacher, SLP, OT, psych and

mental retardation, e.g. w/IQ lower than 70)

MIL = Mother-in-Law

MR = Mental Retardation, Mentally Retarded (IQ less than 70)

MRI = Magnetic Resonance Imaging

NLD = Nonverbal Learning Disability

NOD = Not Otherwise Defined, Often appears alot with DX by psychologists

NOS = Not of Specific Origin/Not Otherwise Specified (usually

NT = Neurologically Typical (no diagnosable neurological disorder)

NVLD = Non-verbal learning disability

OCD = Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

ODD = Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OT = Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy

PDD = Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PDD/NOS = Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified

PECS = Picture Exchange Communication System

PET Scan = Postronic Emission Tomography (a nuclear scan that measures blood flow in brain, heart etc.)

PLAN = Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network

PT = Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy

SAH Mom or SAHM= Stay at home Mom

SI = Sensory Integration

SID or DSI = Sensory Integrative (or Integration) Disorder/Dysfunction

SIDS = Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

SLP = Speech Language Pathologist

SLT = Speech Language Therapist

SPD = Sensory Processing Disorder (new name for SID or DSI)

SPED = Special Education - also used in referring to a Special Ed Teacher

SSRI = Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor - antidepressant medication includes Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft

TASK = Team of Advocates for Special Kids

TEACCH = Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children

TS = Tourette Syndrome

VQ = Verbal IQ

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