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Life with Autism can be hard enough without having to try to figure out all the new jargon & acronyms - like ASD for instance!  Here is list of worldwide terminology  to help make things a  little easier!

By it’s very nature, this is an ongoing ‘project’.  If you know of any or  have one and  don’t know what it means - contact us and we will get an answer and add it to this list! (Please be aware that in certain instances,  an acronym can mean more  than one  thing!)

Use  this page to find  the  meaning of  the Acronym you need  information on,  then  you  can use  the definition  to search  the  Internet  for more  in-depth  details…

AAS - Autism Advisory Service.

AAC - Assistive Augmentative Communication.

ABA - Applied Behavioural Analysis.

ABC - Autism Behaviour Checklist.

ACC - Alternative and Augmentative Communication Strategies.

AD - Attachment Disorder.

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.

BCBA - Board Certified Behavioural Analyst.

BD - Behavioural Disorder.

BD/ED - Behaviour Disturbed / Emotionally Disturbed.

BESDN - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties Network.

BIP - Behaviour Improvement Plan.

BMP - Behaviour Management Plan.

BSP - Behaviour Support Plan.

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.

CASSP - Child & Adolescent Service System Program.

CAT - Cognitive Ability Test.

CBH - Community Behavioural Health.

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.

CLA - Community Living Arrangement.

CLASP - Complex Learning and Social Problems.

CN - Community Nurse.

CPN - Community Psychiatric Nurse.

CSEP - Comprehensive Special Education Program (USA),

CW - Case Worker.

CYPS - Children’s & Young Peoples Services.

DCD - Developmental Co-ordination Disorder.

DD - Developmentally Delayed.

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).

DX - Diagnosis.

EA - Equality Act.

EBD - Emotional and Behavioural Disorder.

Echolalia - Repeating Speech.

ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education.

ED - Psych Educational Psychologist.

EDD - Emotional Dysregulation Disorder.

ESDM - Early Start Denver Model.

EFD - Executive Functioning 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)

ESCO - Early Support Care Coordination.

EOTAS - Education Other Than At School.

EYAP - Early Years Assessment Plan.

EYAT - Early Years Advisory Teacher or Team.

FAS - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

FDSS - Family Driven Support Services.

FRAX - Fragile-X Syndrome.

FSM - Free School Meals.

FSP - Family Support Plan.

FSS - Family Support Services.

FTE - Fixed Term Exclusion

GAD - Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

GAF - Global Assessment of Functioning Scale.

GDD - Global Development Delay.

GEP - Group Education Plan.

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

HE - Home Education.

HFA - High Functioning Autism.

HMS - Hyper-Mobility Syndrome.

HV - Health Visitor.

IACC - Inter Agency Coordinating Committee.

IAP - Individual Action Plan.

IASS - Information, Advice and Support Services. (Formerly Parent Partnership)

IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disorder/Disease.

IBP - Individual Behaviour Plan.

ICF - Intermediate Care Facility.

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.

MDD - Major Depressive Disorder.

MDT - Multi-Disciplinary Team.

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.

NHS - National Health Service (UK)

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

NVLD - Non-Verbal Learning Disability’

NYD - Not Yet Diagnosed.

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

OHI - Other Health Impaired.

OT - Occupational Therapist/Therapy.

PANDAS - Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus.

PCA - Personal Care Assistant.

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.

POA - Power Of Attorney.

PPCD - Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities.

PPO - Parent Partnership Officer. (Now part of IASS)

PPS - Parent Partnership Service (UK). (Now part of IASS)

PPS - Pupil Personnel Services (USA).

PRU - Pupil Referral Unit.

PSD  - Personal & Social Development.

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.

SED - Severely Emotionally Disturbed.

SEN - 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.

SM - Selective Mute.

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.

TD - Tactile Defensiveness

TS - Tourette’s Syndrome.

VLE - Visual Learning Environment.

Vocal Tic - Involuntary Vocalization.