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Alphabet Soup -- The ABC's of Special Education


So you started with a diagnosis for your student, which was probably quickly referred to with an acronym. Now you start the special education process -- which is a new and different language! Every meeting you go to or email you receive has new acronyms. One of the hardest parts of starting this journey is learning how to speak the language.


Many times this just leaves parents feeling like outsiders who must trust the experts who know what the terms all mean. It doesn't have to be that way! Here are some of common acronyms and meanings here to assist in your process. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but a jumping off point to start you on your journey.


These are used in different ways in every document and may or may not be applicable to your individual student. If you are confused by the terminology used to support your student, or are curious about the services your child could benefit from, Extraordinary Law is here to help. Reach out and let's see how I can help support your student and family! Call or email for a consultation today! 412-438-3186 or brandi@extraordinarylaw.com


ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

APS

Approved Private School

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder

BC

Behavior Consultation

BCBA

Board Certified Behavioral Analyst

BHT

Behavior Health Technician

CBA

Curriculum Based Assessment

DSM-V

Diagnostic and Statistic Manual - 5th Edition

ED

Emotional Disturbance

ER

Evaluation Report

ESY

Extended School Year

FBA

Functional Behavior Analysis

IBHS

Intensive Behavioral Health Services

ID

Intellectual Disability

IEP

Individualized Education Plan

IFSP

Individual Family Service Plan

IOP

Intensive Outpatient

GAD

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GIEP

Gifted Individualized Education Plan

LMB

Lindamood Bell (Reading Intervention)

MDR

Manifestation Determination Review

MT

Mobile Therapist

NORA

Notice of Recommended Assignment

NOREP

Notice of Recommended Educational Placement

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ODD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OG

Orton Gillingham (Reading Intervention)

OT

Occupational Therapist

PCA

Personal Care Aide

PHP

Partial Hospitalization Program

PT

Physical Therapist

PTE

Permission to Evaluate

SLD

Specific Learning Disability

SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

RR

Reevaluation Report


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