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Jargon Buster

Abbreviations & Acronyms

AAC - Assistive Augmentative Communication

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

ABC - Autism Behavior Checklist

ABI - Adaptive Behavior Inventory

ABLE - Adult Basic Literacy Education

ABLLS - Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills test

AD - Attachment Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADOS - Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale

AIT - Advanced Individual Training

AIT - Auditory Integration Therapy

APD - Auditory Processing Disorder

APE - Adaptive Physical Education

AS - Asperger's Syndrome/Disorder (no longer used as a diagnosis on its own)

ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder



BBB - Blood Brain Barrier

BD/ED - Behavior Disordered Emotionally Disturbed

BP - Bi-Polar

BSC - Behavioral Specialist Consultant

BSU - Behavioral Services Unit


CAPD - Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CARS - Childhood Autism Rating Scale

CAT or CT Scan - Computer Axial Tomography

CD - Conduct Disorder

CF - Casein Free

CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome

CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

CHARGE - Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment

CHAT - Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

CI - Community Integration

CLA - Community Living Arrangement

CNS - Central Nervous System

COTA - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

CP- Cerebral Palsy

CVPD - Central Vision Processing Disorder


DAS - Developmental Apraxia of Speech / Differential Abilities Scales

DCD - Development Coordination Disorder

DD - Developmental Disorder

DH - Developmentally Handicapped

DR - Disability Rights

DS - Down’s Syndrome

DTT - Discrete Trial Training

DTVMI - Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration

DX - Diagnosis / Diagnosed


EASe - Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect

EBD - Emotional Behavioral Disorder

ECG - ElectroCardioGram

ECT - ElectroConvulsive Therapy

ED - Emotionally Disturbed

EEG - ElectroEncephaloGram

EFA - Essential Fatty Acids

EFD - Executive Functioning Disorder

EH - Emotionally Handicapped

EI - Early Intervention

EPD - Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization


FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FC - Facilitated Communication

FMRI - Functional MRI

FNS - Fuzzy Neuron Syndrome

FRAX - Fragile X Syndrome

FSP - Family Support Plan


GAF - Global Assessment of Functioning scale

GARS - Gilliam Autism Rating Scale

GF/CF/SF - Gluten-free / Casein free / Soy-free diet

GI - GastroIntestinal


HFA - High Functioning Autism

HH - Hard of Hearing

HI - Hearing Impaired


IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

ICF - Intermediate Care Facility

IEP - Individual Education Plan

IgG - Immunoglobulin G

IME - Independent Medical Examination

InLv - Independent Living

IQ - Intelligence Quotient


JADD - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders



LD - Learning Disability / Learning Disabled

LKS - Landau Kleffner Syndrome

LOD - Low Oxalate Diet

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment



MD - Manic Depression

MDO - Major Depressive Disorder

MEG - Magnetoencephalogram

MFE - Multi-Factored Evaluation

MH - Mental Health

MH - Mentally Handicapped

MMR - Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccination

MPD - Multiple Personality Disorder

MR - Mental Retardation / Mentally Retarded

MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MSDD - Multi-system developmental disorder


NBD - Neurobiological Disorder

NCSE - National Council for Special Education

NDA - Not Diagnosed with Anything

NIDD - National Intellectual Disability Database

NIDS - NeuroImmune Deficiency Syndrome

NOD - Not Otherwise Defined / Diagnosed

NOS - Not of Specific Origin / Not Otherwise Specified

NT - Neurotypical

NVLD - Non-Verbal Learning Disability

NYD - Not Yet Diagnosed


OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / Behavior

ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OHI - Other Health Impaired

OT - Occupational Therapist /Therapy


PANDAS - Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections

PCA - Personal Care Assistant

PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System

PERS - Personal Emergency Response Systems

PET - Positron Emission Tomography scan

PRT - Pivotal Response Training

PT - Physical Therapist / Therapy

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


QEEG - Quantitative ElectroEncephaloGram


RA - Rheumatoid Arthritis

RDI - Relationship Developmental Intervention


SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

SBH - Severe Behavior Handicap

SCD - Specific Carbohydrate Diet

SED - Severely Emotionally Disturbed

SENO - Special Education Needs Organiser

SESS - Special Education Support Service
SERTS - Social Communication and Emotional Regulation, and implementing Transactional Supports

SI - Sensory Integration

SID - Sensory Integration Dysfunction

SIB - Self-Injurious Behavior

SIPT - Sensory Integration and Praxis Text

SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

SM - Selective Mutism

SNA - Special Needs Assistant

TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury

TOPL - Test of Pragmatic Language

TS - Tourette’s Syndrome


VB - Verbal Behavior

VQ - Verbal IQ

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