Aspergers Abbreviations

You will find that people tend to throw around a bunch of letters and just assume you know what they mean. Below is a list of commonly used terms you may encounter.

  • AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • AE – Age Equivalent
  • AIT – Auditory Integration Therapy
  • AS – Asperger’s Syndrome
  • ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • ASL – American Sign Language
  • ASPIE -A person with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • BD/ED -Behavior Disordered / Emotionally Disturbed
  • BOCES – Board of Cooperative Educational Services
  • BOE – Board of Education
  • BP – Bi-Polar
  • CAPD – Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  • CHATT  – Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
  • CNS – Central Nervous System
  • CSE – Committee on Special Education
  • DAS – Developmental Apraxia of Speech
  • DD – Developmental Disability
  • DSM – Diagnostic Statistical Manual
  • DX – Diagnosis
  • ED – Emotional Disability
  • EEG – Electrocephalogram (used to test for seizures)
  • EI – Early Intervention
  • FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education
  • FC – Facilitated Communication
  • FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • GARS – Gilliam Autism Rating Scale
  • HFA – High Functioning Autism
  • IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Act
  • IEP – Individualized Education Program
  • IQ – Intelligence Quotient
  • IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan
  • LD – Learning Disability (Learning Disabled)
  • LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
  • MRI -Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • NICHCY – National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • NIH – National Institutes of Health
  • NOS -Not Otherwise Specified, usually seen as PDD-NOS
  • NT -Neurotypical
  • OCD -Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • ODD -Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
  • OHI – Other Health Impaired
  • OT -Occupational Therapy
  • PDD -Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • PT – Physical Therapy
  • SED – State Education Department
  • SEIT – Special Education Itinerant Teacher Services
  • SETRC – Special Education Training Resource Centers
  • SI – Sensory Integration
  • SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
  • SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder
  • SPED – Special Education
  • TEACCH -Treatment & Education of Autistic & Related Communication Disorders
  • TOM -Theory of Mind
  • TS -Tourette’s Syndrome
  • VESID – Office of Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
  • VI – Visually Impaired
  • VR – Vocational Rehabilitation
  • WISC -Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

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