Special Education Acronyms

A - B


ABA
Applied Behavior Analysis

ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD
Autism Spectrum Disorder

AT/AAC
Assistive Technology/Augmented Alternative Communication

BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

BIP
Behavior Intervention Plan

C - D


DD
Developmental Delay

CBI
Community Based Instruction

CBM
Curriculum Based Measure

CSE
Case Study Evaluation

E - F

ED
Emotional Disability

EI
Early Intervention

ELL/ESL
English Language Learner/English as a Second Language

ESY
Extended School Year

FAPE
Free and Appropriate Education

FERPA
Federal Education Records Privacy Act

FBA
Functional Behavior Assessment

H - I


HI
Hearing Impairment or Hearing Itinerant

IEE
Independent Education Evaluation

IEP
Individualized Education Plan

IFSP
Individual Family Service Plan

ISBE
Illinois State Board of Education

L - O


LBS
Learning Behavior Specialist (special education teacher)

LEA
Local Education Agency

LRE
Least Restrictive Environment

O & M
Orientation and Mobility

OHI
Other Health Impaired 

OT
Occupational Therapy/Therapist (fine motor skills)

P - R


PLOP
Present Levels of Performance (sometimes referred to as PLAAFP, or Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Function Performance)

PT
Physical Therapy/Therapist 

PWN
Prior Written Notice

RTI/MTSS
Response to Intervention or Multi Tiered System of  Supports; RTI is NOT special education

RTO
Restraint and Time Out

S - T


SLD (or LD)
Specific Learning Disability

SLI 
Speech or Language Impairment

SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury

TVI
Teacher of the Visually Impaired