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Special Education Acronyms and Special Education Glossary

Special education acronyms defined. A list of special education terms/glossary.

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis

ABC - Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence
ABC Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence

AC Augmentative Communication
AC - Alternative Communication or augmentative communication

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder definition.

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder definition and symptoms.

ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

ASL - American Sign Language
ASL, American Sign Language

Assessment Based on the Curriculum
CBA or Curriculum Based Assessment is assessment based on the curriculum.

AT: Assistive Technology
AT - Assistive Technology definition

BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BCBA is the certification of a professional who provides supervision, training and creates programs for Applied Behavior Analysis therapies.

BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan
BIP, Behavior Intervention Plan

CCSS -- the Common Core State Standards
Introduced in 2010, the Common Core State Standards lay out standards for student performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades Kindergarten through 12.

CEC - Council for Exceptional Children
CEC, Council for Exceptional Children

DRI/DRA - Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible or Alternate Behaviors
DRI/DRA is a technique used to eliminate problem behaviors, and can be used in single subject research rather than baseline (removing an intervention) especially in cases that involve dangerous or self-injurious behavior.

The DSM IV, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
The DSM IV is a publication of the American Psychiatric Association used to diagnose mental disorders, ranging from developmental disorders to mental illness.

Early Identification
Early Identification

ER-Evaluation Report, the Document that Identifies a Special …
The Evaluation Report (ER) is written by the psychologist with the assistance of the special education teacher, and makes a recommendation for the placement of the child.

ESY-Extended School Year Services
Extended School Year is considered necessary for some students who may lose progress made in the regular school year.

FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

The DSM 5 - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition.
The DSM V or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition, was published May, 2013 and changes several important diagnostic categories.

FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FAS, Fetal Acohol Syndrome. Definition of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FBA-Functional Behavioral Analysis
A brief description of an FBA, or Functional Behavioral Analysis as used to create a BIP

G&T - Gifted and Talented Definition
G&T, Gifted and Talented Definition

HOH - Hard Of Hearing
Hard of Hearing Definition

HOTS Higher Order Thinking Skills
HOTS Higher Order Thinking Skills

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP - Individual Education Program
IEP Individual Education Plan or Program

IQ - Intelligence Quotient
Intelligence Quotient IQ Definition

LD Learning Disability
LD Learning Disability Definition

LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MDR -- Manifestation Determination Review
An MDR, or Manifestation Determination Review, must be held when the school wishes to change the placement of a student with an IEP.

MID - Mild Intellectual Disability
MID - Mild Intellectual Disability, mental retardation

Multiply Handicapped or Multiple Disabilities
MD or MH - Multiply Disabled or Multiply Handicapped

NCLB - No Child Left Behind
NCLB No Child Left Behind

NOREP-- A Section of the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
The NOREP section of the Individual Education Plan indicates how much time a child will spend outside the general education class receiving special education services.

ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder

PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System
PECS is a copyrighted program from Pyramid Educational Consultants that is the model for picture communication, and augmentative communication approach that has proven successful with children with autism.

PBS -- Positive Behavior Support, Strategies to Reinforce Goo…
PBS stands for Positive Behavior Support, which consists of strategies that support positive and appropriate behavior in the classroom.

Response to Intervention - RTI
Response to Intervention - RTI

RS - Related Services
Related Services Definition

SIB, Self-Injurious Behavior
SIB, Self-Injurious Behavior

ToM - Theory of Mind
Theory of mind is the ability to understand other peoples' thoughts, desires and feelings.

SIP - State Improvement Plan
SIP - State Improvement Plan

SPP - State Performance Plan
SPP - State Performance Plan Definition. Special education terms and acronyms.

The ABBLS - The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills

TOR - Teacher of Record
The TOR is the Teacher of Record, the teacher responsible for preparing and administering a student's IEP.

TSS -- Therapeutic Support Staff, Staff that Supports Individual Students
A TSS or Therapeutic Support Staff, is one of several jobs in special education that does not require a college degree.

VBA - Verbal Behavior Analysis
VBA or Verbal Behavior Analysis, is an intervention for children with language deficits based on the work B.F.Skinner, in his book Verbal Behavior.

FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Definition

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