Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms


AAS – Autism Advisory Service

AAC – Assistive Augmentative Communication

ABA – Applied Behavioural Analysis

ABC – Autism Behaviour Checklist

ADA  – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADI – Autism Diagnostic Interview

ADI-R – Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale

AIT – Auditory Integration Therapy

ALS – Additional Literacy Support

ANC – Autism National Committee

AOS – Autism Outreach Service

APD – Auditory Processing Disorder

AS – Asperger’s Syndrome

ASC – Autism Spectrum Condition

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASCOSS – Autistic Spectrum Condition Outreach Support Service

AST – Advisory Support Teachers

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

BESDN – Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties Network

BSL – British Sign Language

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

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CD – Conduct Disorder

CDAC – Communication Disorder Assessment Clinic

CDC – Child Development Centre

CDD – Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

CDT – Children’s Disability Team

CFF – Community Care Facility

CHAT – Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

CLASP – Complex Learning and Social Problems

CN – Community Nurse

CPN – Community Psychiatric Nurse

CW – Case Worker

CYPS – Children and Young People Service

DCD – Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

DDA – Disability Discrimination Act (UK)

DfE – Department for Education (UK)

DLA – Disability Living Allowance (UK)

DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental disorders

DAMP – Deficits in Attention, Motor control and Perception

DDA – Disability Discrimination Act

DVD – Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia – Poor co-ordination of fine motor skills (movement)

EA – Equality Act

EBD – Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Echolalia – Repeating Speech

Ed Psych – Educational Psychologist

EDD – Emotional Dysregulation Disorder

EHCP – Education, Health & Care Plan

EHP – Early Help Plan

EI – Early Intervention

EM – Elective Mutism

EMS – Enhanced Mainstream School

EP – Educational Psychologist

EQA – Equalities Act (UK)

EYAP – Early Years Assessment Plan

EYAT – Early Years Advisory Teacher

GDD – Global Development Delay

GEP – Group Education Plan

GP – General Practitioner

G&T – Gifted and Talented

HE – Home Education

HMS – HyperMobility Syndrome

HV – Health Visitor

IBD – Inflammatory Bowel Disorder/Disease

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Act

IEP – Individual Education Plan

INCO – Inclusion Manager

IPS – Independent Parental Supporter

I.Q. – Intelligence Quotient

JAD – Joint Attention Deficit

LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LD – Learning Disability OR Language Disorder

LEA – Local Education Authority

LSA – Learning Support Assistant

LSH – Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist

LSS – Learning Support Service

MAA -Multi Agency Assessment

MAAP – Multi Agency Assessment Panel

MAKATON – a form of sign language

MCDD – Multiple Complex Developmental Disorder

MD – Medical Doctor OR Multiple Disabilities

MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties

Motor Tic – Involuntary Movement

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MSI – Multi Sensory Impairment

NAS – National Autistic Society

NT – Neuro Typical (so called ‘normal’)

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ODD – Oppositional Defiance Disorder

OHI – Other Health Impaired

OT – Occupational Therapist/Therapy

PANDAS – Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus

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

PLD – Profound Learning Difficulty

PMLD – Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

PPA – Planning Preparation and Assessment

PPO – Parent Partnership Officer

PPS – Parent Partnership Service (UK)

PRU – Pupil Referal Unit

PST – Pragmatic Speech Therapy

PT – Physio-Therapy

RAD – Reactive attachment disorder occurs in children who have been neglected and are unable to form a healthy emotional attachment with their primary carer

SALT – Speech and Language Therapy

SCB – Severe Challenging Behaviour

SEAL – Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

SEBD – Severe Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

SEBD – Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

SBMD – Sensory Based Modulation Disorder

SDD – Sensory Discrimination Disorder

SEM Needs – Social, Emotional & Mental Needs

SEN – Special Educational Needs

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SENDA – Special Educational Needs and Disability Act

SENDIS – Special Educational Needs and Disability Inclusion Service

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

SLT – Speech and Language Therapist

SLT TI – Speech and Language Therapist- Technical Instructor

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

TaMHS – Targeted Mental Health in Schools

TA – Teaching Assistant

TAC – Team Around the Child

Tactile – Relating to Touch

Tactile Defensiveness –  Abnormal Sensitivity to Touch

TEACCH – Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children

TS – Tourette’s Syndrome

Vocal Tic – Involuntary Vocalization

WECS – Word Exchange Communication System


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