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Learn the Special Ed Jargon

Learn the Special Ed Jargon

Once a parent realizes their child may have special needs and seeks support through their school system, they will soon be engulfed by a tidal wave of Special Ed jargon and acronyms.  It’s not that the counselors and school officials are trying to intimidate or confuse you (well, sometimes it is!) but these are simply terms that will come up again and again as you navigate the system to obtain the right services for your child.  Let us help you with the alphabet soup. 
Here is a list of some of the more common abbreviations, provided by our tutor Amy Eisner, who runs New Beginnings, a successful advocacy service for Connecticut parents.

ADA

ADHD

ASD

BIP

DB

DD

ED

EIP

ESL

EYS

FAPE

FBA

ID

IDEA

IEP

I.Q.

ISS

LEA

LRE

MD

OHI

OI

OSS

OT

PPT

PSI

PT

SLD

SLI

TBI

VI

HI

American with Disabilities Act

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Behavioral Intervention Plan

Deaf/Blind

Developmentally Delayed

Emotionally Disturbed

Early Intervention Plan

English as a Second Language

Extended Year Services

Free and Appropriate Education

Functional Behavioral Analysis

Intellectually Delayed

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Individualized Education Plan

Intelligence Quotient

In-School Suspension

Local Education Authority (your school district)

Least Restrictive Environment

Multiply Disabled

Other Health Impaired

Orthopedic Impaired

Out of School Suspension

Occupational Therapy

Planning and Placement Team

Processing Speed Index

Physical Therapy

Specific Learning Disability

Speech and Language Impaired

Traumatic Brain Injury

Visually impaired

Hearing Impaired

If you need an explanation for any of these terms or have run into any other jargon you’d like explained, please make a note in the comments section and we will elaborate. 


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