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The world of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) is full of acronyms.  Here we’ve listed many of the common ones in use by medical, therapeutic and educational professionals. 

 

Acronym: AAC

Name: Assistive Augmentative Communication

Definition: A speech-language therapists' term for communication using a picture board or recorded messages activated by buttons, etc.

 

Acronym: ABA

Name: Applied Behavior Analysis

Definition:

 

Acronym: ADA

Name: Americans with Disabilities Act

Definition: US Federal law governing the rights of persons with disabilities with regard to employment and other issues

 

Acronym: ADD

Name: Attention Deficit Disorder

Definition:

 

Acronym: ADHA

Name: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Definition:

 

Acronym: ADI

Name: Autism Diagnostic Interview

Definition: Diagnostic scale for autism.

 

Acronym: ADOS

Name: Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale

Definition: Autism diagnostic tool

 

Acronym: AGRE

Name: Autism Genetic Resource Exchange

Definition: Program that collects and reviews DNA samples

 

Acronym: AIA Network

Name: Autism, Intolerance and Allergy Network

Definition: Goup looking at issues of autism and food allergies

 

Acronym: AIT

Name: Auditory Integration Training

Definition:

 

Acronym: ANDI

Name: Autism Network for Dietary Intervention

Definition:

 

Acronym: ARI

Name: Autism Research Institute

Definition:

 

Acronym: ARRI

Name: Autism Research Review International

Definition: newsletter

 

Acronym: AS

Name: Asperger Syndrome

Definition:

 

Acronym: ASA

Name: Autism Society of America

Definition:

 

Acronym: ASD

Name: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Definition: Refers to the group of autism diagnosis

 

Acronym: ASL

Name: American Sign Language

Definition:

 

Acronym: AUTCOM

Name: Autism National Committee

Definition: Organization dedicated to social justice

 

Acronym: CAN

Name: Cure Autism Now

Definition: Autism advocacy organization now part of Autism Speaks

 

Acronym: CARS

Name: Childhood Autism Rating Scale

Definition: Autism rating scale/diagnostic tool

 

Acronym: CDC

Name: Center for Disease Control

Definition:

 

Acronym: CF

Name: Casein Free

Definition:

 

Acronym: DAN

Name: Defeat Autism Now

Definition:

 

Acronym: DAS

Name: Developmental Apraxia of Speech

Definition:

 

Acronym: DD

Name: Developmental Disabilities

Definition: Term used to refer to all developmental disabilities including autism

 

Acronym: DDS

Name: Department of Developmental Services

Definition: CT state agency

 

Acronym: DMG

Name: Dimethylglycine

Definition: Amino acid used in autism treatment

 

Acronym: DSM

Name: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

Definition: Book listing the criteria for autism disgnosis. Currently edition IV-R.

 

Acronym: DSS

Name: Department of Social Services

Definition: CT State Agency

 

Acronym: DTI

Name: Discrete Trial Intervention

Definition: A method of teaching based on behavioral techniques breaking content into small chunks and teaching individual tasks through trials. See also DTT

 

Acronym: DTT

Name: Discrete Trial Training

Definition: A method of teaching based on behavioral techniques breaking content into small chunks and teaching individual tasks through trials. See also DTI

 

Acronym: DVD

Name: Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia

Definition: See Developental Apraxia of Speech (DAS)

 

Acronym: EAHCA

Name: Education for All Hanidcapped Children Act

Definition: The original name of IDEA

 

Acronym: EEG

Name: Electroencephalogram

Definition: Test used to detect seizures

 

Acronym: EFA

Name: Essential Fatty Acids

Definition:

 

Acronym: ELAP

Name: Early Learning Accomplishments Profile

Definition: Evaluation Checklist

 

Acronym: FAPE

Name: Free and Appropriate Public Education

Definition:

 

Acronym: FC

Name: Facilitated Communication

Definition:

 

Acronym: FEAT

Name: Families for Early Autism Treatment

Definition: Autism advocacy organization dedicated to applied behavioral analysis and techniques as intervention for autism

 

Acronym: GARS

Name: Gilliam Autism Rating Scale

Definition: Autism rating scale/checklist for diagnosis

 

Acronym: GF

Name: Gluten free

Definition:

 

Acronym: HFA

Name: High Functioning Autism

Definition: Descriptive term for someone with autism who usually has language skills and intact IQ

 

Acronym: ID

Name: Intellectually Disabled

Definition: The more appropriate term for someone with an IQ of less than 70.

 

Acronym: IDEA

Name: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Definition: The federal law that governs special education.

 

Acronym: IEP

Name: Individualized Education Plan

Definition: The plan that is developed by the team (IEP team or PPT team) that describes the educational programming for a child with a disability

 

Acronym: IFSP

Name: Individualized Family Service Plan

Definition: The plan put together in the Birth-3 system for services to be provided to a child under the age of 3 with a disability

 

Acronym: LCSW

Name: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Definition:

 

Acronym: LD

Name: Learning Disability or Learning Disabled

Definition:

 

Acronym: LKS

Name: Landau-Kleffner Syndrome

Definition: A specific neurological disorder

 

Acronym: LRE

Name: Least Restrictive Environment

Definition: Under the law (IDEA), children must be educated in the LRE for that child.

 

Acronym: M-CHAT

Name: Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

Definition: Autism screening tool

 

Acronym: MR

Name: Mentally Retarded

Definition: Usually refers to a person with an IQ of under 70. More appropriately referred to as ID (intellectually disabled)

 

Acronym: MRI

Name: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Definition:

 

Acronym: MSDD

Name: MultiSystem Developmental Disorder

Definition: Dr. Stanley Greenspan's term for autism-like symptoms

 

Acronym: NAS

Name: National Autistic Society

Definition: UK advocacy organization

 

Acronym: NICHCY

Name: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Definition:

 

Acronym: NIH

Name: National Institutes of Health

Definition:

 

Acronym: NIMH

Name: National Institutes for Mental Health

Definition:

 

Acronym: NOS

Name: Not Otherwise Specified

Definition: Part of PDD-NOS an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis

 

Acronym: NT

Name: Neuro-typical

Definition: Used to describe a person who does not have an autism spectrum disorder

 

Acronym: OCD

Name: Obssessive Compulsive Disorder

Definition:

 

Acronym: OCR

Name: Office for Civil Rights

Definition: US Government agency, part of Health and Human Services, that deals with discrimination and civil rights.

 

Acronym: ODD

Name: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Definition:

 

Acronym: OT

Name: Occupational therapy/therapist

Definition:

 

Acronym: PANDAS

Name: Pediatric Autoimmune Disorders Associated with Strep

Definition:

 

Acronym: PDD

Name: Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Definition: An umbrella term - autism disorders are part of the larger category of pervasive developmental disorders

 

Acronym: PDD-NOS

Name: Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified

Definition: A specific autism diagnosis

 

Acronym: PECS

Name: Picture Exchange Communication System

Definition:

 

Acronym: PEP

Name: Psycho-educational profile

Definition: A profile of a child's educational issues

 

Acronym: PPT

Name: Planning and Placement Team

Definition: The CT term for the IEP team

 

Acronym: PRT

Name: Pivotal Response Training

Definition:

 

Acronym: PT

Name: Physical Therapy/Therapist

Definition:

 

Acronym: SI

Name: Sensory Integration

Definition:

 

Acronym: SIB

Name: self-injurious behavior

Definition:

 

Acronym: SID

Name: Sensory Integration Disorder

Definition:

 

Acronym: SLP

Name: Speech -Language Pathologist

Definition: A person trained to diagnose and treat speech and language disorders

 

Acronym: SSI

Name: Social Security Income

Definition:

 

Acronym: SSRI

Name: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor

Definition:

 

Acronym: TEACCH

Name: Treatment and Edcuation of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children

Definition:

 

Acronym: TS

Name: Tourette's Syndrome

Definition: