You will find that people tend to throw around a bunch of letters and just assume you know what they mean. Below is a list of commonly used terms you may encounter.
- AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis
- ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
- ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
- ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- AE – Age Equivalent
- AIT – Auditory Integration Therapy
- AS – Asperger’s Syndrome
- ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- ASL – American Sign Language
- ASPIE -A person with Asperger’s Syndrome
- BD/ED -Behavior Disordered / Emotionally Disturbed
- BOCES – Board of Cooperative Educational Services
- BOE – Board of Education
- BP – Bi-Polar
- CAPD – Central Auditory Processing Disorder
- CHATT – Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
- CNS – Central Nervous System
- CSE – Committee on Special Education
- DAS – Developmental Apraxia of Speech
- DD – Developmental Disability
- DSM – Diagnostic Statistical Manual
- DX – Diagnosis
- ED – Emotional Disability
- EEG – Electrocephalogram (used to test for seizures)
- EI – Early Intervention
- FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education
- FC – Facilitated Communication
- FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- GARS – Gilliam Autism Rating Scale
- HFA – High Functioning Autism
- IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Act
- IEP – Individualized Education Program
- IQ – Intelligence Quotient
- IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan
- LD – Learning Disability (Learning Disabled)
- LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
- MRI -Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- NICHCY – National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
- NIH – National Institutes of Health
- NOS -Not Otherwise Specified, usually seen as PDD-NOS
- NT -Neurotypical
- OCD -Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- ODD -Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
- OHI – Other Health Impaired
- OT -Occupational Therapy
- PDD -Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- PT – Physical Therapy
- SED – State Education Department
- SEIT – Special Education Itinerant Teacher Services
- SETRC – Special Education Training Resource Centers
- SI – Sensory Integration
- SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
- SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder
- SPED – Special Education
- TEACCH -Treatment & Education of Autistic & Related Communication Disorders
- TOM -Theory of Mind
- TS -Tourette’s Syndrome
- VESID – Office of Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
- VI – Visually Impaired
- VR – Vocational Rehabilitation
- WISC -Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
National Asperger’s Organizations
The information describing each resource comes directly from the organization itself. Most of these organizations have local chapters.
Autism Society of America
The leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. Mission Statement: Improving the lives of all affected by autism.
GRASP (Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership)
GRASP is an educational and advocacy organization for individuals with autism spectrum disorders offering information and autism resources.
OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support)
Online Asperger’s Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center that joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
The National Autistic Society
The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. This site also has a page that lists autism-related charities all around the world.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law put in place to ensure services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B. Visit the website at
Early Intervention Support
A great website that gives info on what Early Interventions are available state by state.
Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material and transition guides for employment and life skills. My favorite section is the social skills toolbox. It’s great stuff, and most of it is free!!!
This website is filled with tools to help your child take control of his education and future. You will find templates for one-pagers, goal setting, and even a form to help the student figure out what he needs to do to have a good day at school.
This site offers tons of articles and information as well as products to purchase such as games, books, DVDs etc. that can help our kids with perspective and other social skills that are sometimes hard for them.