When dealing with special needs, are you ever confronted with acronyms and don’t know what they mean?  Please find below, some of the most common, with an understanding of what they all mean

APGAR Score –

(Developed and Named after Dr. Virginia Apgar, an anesthesiologist, this is a measure of the physical condition of a newborn infant. It is obtained by adding points (2, 1, or 0) for heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, response to stimulation, and skin coloration; a score of ten represents  the best possible condition.

CAMH -Child and Adolescent Mental Health

DRC -

Disability Resource Centre

EHCP -

Education Health Care Plan

EP -

Educational Psychologist

EYFS -

Early Years Foundation Stage

FE/HE -

Further Education or Higher Education

HI -

Hearing Impaired

IPSEA -

Independent Parent Special Education Advice- (Charity offering free and independent   legally based information, support and advice).

LA -

Local Authority

LSA –

Learning Support Assistant (supports the student)

MDA –

Multi Disciplinary Assessment

MLD -

Moderate Learning Difficulties

PECS –

Picture Exchange Communication System (a program designed for early non-verbal
symbolic communication)

DLA –

Disability Living Allowance (PIP – Personal Independence Payment – for adults) 

PLMD –

Profound Learning Difficult is

SALT -

Speech and Language Therapy

SENCO –

Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator

SEND -

Special Educational Needs and Disability

SENDIAS -

Special Education Needs Disability Information Advice and Support- (formally Parent
Partnership ) offers 1:1 Advice support and Impartial information relating to children/young
people with special educational needs and/or disability within schools setting

SCD –

Social Communication Difficulties

SEBD -

Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (formally EBD – Emotional Behavioral
Difficulties)

SLD –

Severe Learning Difficulties

TA –

Teaching Assistant (supports the teacher – classroom layout etc…)

VI –

Visually Impaired