Special Education Abbreviations, Acronyms and Terminology

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Use this alphabetical guide to understand common abbreviations. acronyms and terminology referred to in the realm of special education.


AAC
Alternative Augmentative Communication

ABA
Applied Behavior Analysis

ADD/ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder

AdPE
Adapted Physical Education

AT
Assistive Technology

AU
Autism

BIP
Behavior Intervention Plan

CBI
Community Based Instruction

CTI
Career Technology Instructor

CBST
Community (or Campus) Based Skills Training

CPI
Crisis Prevention Intervention

DTT
Discrete Trial Training

DHH
Deaf/Hard of Hearing

EBD
Emotional Behavior Disorder

ESY
Extended School Year

FAPE
Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA
Functional Behavior Assessment

FTE
Full Time Equivalency

GAA
Georgia Alternative Assessment

ID
Intellectual Disability

IDEA
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE
Independent Educational Evaluation 

IEP
Individual Education Program

IRR
Interrelated Resource

ITP
Individual Transition Plan

LD
Learning Disability

LEA
Local Educational Agency

LEP
Limited English Proficiency

LRE
Least Restrictive Environment

MID
Mildly Intellectually Disabled

MOID
Moderately Intellectually Disabled 

OHI
Other Health Impaired

OI
Orthopedic Impaired

O&I
Orientation and Mobility

OT
Occupational Therapy

PA
Preparatory Activity 

PAES
Practical Assessment and Exploration System

PECS
Picture Exchange Communication System

PID
Profoundly Intellectually Disabled

PDD
Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PT
Physical Therapy

PWN
Prior Written Notice

RtI
Response to Intervention

SDD
Significant Developmental Delay

SETS
Supported Employment Transition Services

SI
Speech Impairment

SID
Severely Intellectually Disabled

SNP
Special Needs Preschool

SLD
Specific Learning Disability

SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

SST
Student Support Team

TA
Transition Academy

TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury

VI
Visually Impaired


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