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When you first become a special needs parent, you get A LOT of special needs acronyms thrown at you. Not only are you overwhelmed with your child’s diagnosis, but now you have to figure out what all these letters jumbled together even mean.
I wanted to create a list of some of the more common special needs acronyms that are used as a quick-start guide for helping new parents, grandparents, family, and friends of special needs children learn what these terms mean. I even googled them for you so you can quickly click and start reading about each one.
A Quick-Start Guide to Special Needs Acronyms
2E: Twice Exceptional
AAC: Alternative Augmentative Communication
ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
APD: Auditory Processing Disorder
ARFID: Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
AT: Assistive Technology
PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder
PBS: Positive Behavioral Supports
PD: Physical Disability
PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDD-NOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified
PT: Physical Therapy
PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
SAD: Social Anxiety Disorder
SB: Spina Bifida
SI: Speech Impairment
SLP: Speech Language Pathologist
SM: Selective Mutism
SPED: Special Education
SPD: Sensory Processing Disorder
SSI: Supplemental Security Income
How many of these Special Needs Acronyms do YOU know?