Acronym Decoder

As promised in the previous post, I am excited to help you decode the many and frequently used acronyms in the world of Autism Spectrum Disorders. While the list is extensive, it certainly is not all-encompassing, so if you have specific questions about an abbreviation you don’t find here or want more information on what each of these mean, please do not hesitate to send us an email at


AAC = Assistive Augmentative Communication or Alternative Augmentative Communication ABA = Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABC = Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence ADA = American with Disabilities Act
ADOS = Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder(s)
AYP = Adequate Yearly Progress BIP = Behavior Intervention Plan
BOE = Board of Education CD = Cognitive Disability
CDC = Center for Disease Control and Prevention CEC = Council for Exceptional Children
DA = Developmental Age DD = Developmental Delay
DSM-IV = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edition) by the American Psychiatric Association DSM-V = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition) by the American Psychiatric Association
ECE = Early Childhood Education ED = U.S. Department of Education
EHDI = Early Hearing Detection and Intervention EI = Early Intervention
ELL = English Language Learner ESD = Extended School Day
ESL = English as a Second Language ESY = Extended School Year
FAPE = Free and Appropriate Public Education FBA = Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA = Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act GE = General Education
GT = Gifted and Talented HI = Hearing Impaired
HoH = Hard of Hearing HQT = Highly Qualified Teacher
IA = Instructional Assistant ID = Intellectual Disabilities
IDEA = Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IEE = Individualized Educational Evaluation
IEP = Individualized Education Program IFSP = Individualized Family Service Plan
LD = Learning Disabled or Learning Disability LEA = Local Education Agency
LEP = Limited English Proficiency LRE = Least Restrictive Environment
MA = Mental Age MD = Multiple Disabilities
MDR = Manifestation Determination Review NCLB = No Child Left Behind Act (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
NIH = National Institutes of Health NIMH = National Institute of Mental Health
OCD= Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ODD = Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OHI = Other Health Impairment OSEP = Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
OT = Occupational Therapy PALS = Peer-Assisted Learning System
PBIS = Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports PDD = Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDD-NOS = Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified PECS = Picture Exchange Communication System
PLEP or PLP = Present Level of Educational Performance PT = Physical Therapy
RS = Related Services RTI = Response to Intervention
SAS = Supplementary Aids and Services SEAC = Special Education Advisory Committee
SED = Serious Emotional Disturbance SI = Sensory Integration
SLD = Specific Learning Disability SLP = Speech Language Pathologist
SPED or SE = Special Education SPD = Sensory Processing Disorder
Stim = Self-Stimulatory Behaviors or “Stimming”  


Published 2015/10/15 by Nicole McLain
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