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Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

Abbreviations and acronyms can be confusing to parents and families. Here is an acronym “dictionary” for parents of children with apraxia.

Edited by Donna Marucci

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this page, try South Dakota University’s Dictionary For Parents of Children with Disabilities

AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ACT Adapted Cueing Technique
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act (U.S.)
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AIT Auditory Integration Training
AOS Apraxia of Speech
AS Asperger’s Syndrome
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASL American Sign Language
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CAS Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America
CCC Certificate of Clinical Competence
CP Cerebral Palsy
DAS Developmental Apraxia of Speech
DD Developmental Disability
DS Down Syndrome
DSI Dysfunction of Sensory Integration
DSM Diagnostic Statistical Manual
DVD Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
DX Diagnosis
EFA Essential Fatty Acids
EI Early Intervention
EISP Early Intervention School Program (US)
ESY Extended School Year (US)
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education (US)
FC Facilitated Communication
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (US)
IEP Individualized Education Plan (US)
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan (US)
IQ Intelligence Quotient
LD Learning Disability
MA Masters Degree
MIT Melodic Intonation Therapy
MR Mentally Retarded
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
OT Occupational Therapy/Therapist
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PECS Picture Exchange Communication System
PET Positron Emission Tomography
PL 504 Public Law 504
PROMPT    Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
PT Physical Therapy/Therapist
SI Sensory Integration
SID Sensory Integration Dysfunction
SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
SPD Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder
SPED Special Education
SSI Supplemental Security Income
ST Speech Therapy/Therapist
TX Treatment (i.e. therapy)