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    What do all of those acronyms mean???

    Ever sit in a meeting all confused? Not because of what is being said but what is NOT being said? We are all great at using acronyms but do you really know what they all mean? Help is here!! Here's a list of some of the most common acronyms used in Special Education and what they stand

    ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis - this is a program used both analyze and change behaviors in young children, particularly children with Autism Spectrum disorders.
    ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
    ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    APS - Approved Private School
    AS - Asperger's Syndrome or Autistic Support or Autism Spectrum
    ASL - American Sign Language
    AT - Assitive Technology
    CBA - Curriculum Based Assessment
    ED - Emotional Disturbance
    ER - Evaltuation Report
    ES - Emotional Support
    ELL - English Language Learners
    ESL - English as a Second Language
    ESY - Extended School Year
    FAPE - Free Appropriate Education
    FBA - Functional Behavior Assessment
    FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    HI - Hearing Impairment
    IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    IEP - Individualized Education Program
    LEA - Local Education Agency
    LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
    MA - Medical Assistance
    MD - Multiple Disabilities
    MDE - Multidisciplinary Evaluation
    MDT - Multidisciplinary Team
    MR - Mental Retardation
    NOREP - Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
    OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    OHI - Other Health Impairment
    OT - Occupational Therapy
    PASA - Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment
    PaTTAN - Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
    PDD-NOS - Pervasive Developmental Disorders - Not Otherwise Specified
    PDE - Pennsylvania Department of Education
    PSSA - Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
    PT - Physical Therapy
    SDI - Specially Designed Instruction
    SLD - Specific Learning Disability
    SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist
    SPED - Special Education
    TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
    TSS - Therapeutic Support Staff
    VI - Visual Impairment
Last Modified on August 30, 2011