List Of Abbreviations And Their Meanings

... (mostly Autism Related) and a little more

This is a list of some of the abbreviations that you will frequently see in autism lists and chat groups.
This list was posted to a list and I just picked it up, so I take no credit for it, just here for anyone who might like to know!

I've also included at the end a couple of definitions that I thought might help some people. Some do not have definitions. If you know what they mean send them along!


ABAApplied Behavior Analysis (therapy method)/Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABCAutism Behavior Checklist
ABCalso refers to a behaviour plan (study/intervention) based on Antecedents, Behaviour, Consequences
ACAutistics and Cousins
ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADVISE(definition requested)
AEAArea Education Agency, provides support services (ed consultation, psych, social work, nursing, speech and language, etc.) to local education agencies.
AFAIKAs Far As I Know
AFGOAnother Fine Growth Opportunity (sarcastic-means difficult problem to solve)
AITAdvanced Individual Training/Auditory Integration Therapy
ALEAlternative Learning Experience
ANIAutism Network International
ANI-LThe listserv (mailing list) for Autism Network International
APDAuditory Processing Disorder
APKDAdult polycystic kidney disease (APKD) is associated with cyst formation in the kidney, liver, pancreas, esophagus, ovary, uterus, and brain.
ASAsperger's Syndrome/Autistic Spectrum
ASAAutism Society of America
ASDAutistic Spectrum Disorder
ASPIEA person with Asperger's Syndrome
AUTIEA person with Autism
BDBehavioral Disorder
BICBehavior Improvement Class
BIPBehavior Improvement Plan
BMPBehavior Management Plan
BOCESBoard of Cooperative Educational Services
BPBi-Polar (formerly called 'manic depressive')
BRB(on-line chat related) Be Right Back
BTWBy the Way
CANAn organization "Cure Autism Now"
CAPDCentral Auditory Processing Disorder
CARSChildhood Autism Rating Scale (diagnostic and evaluation tool)
CDConduct Disorder
CDDChildhood Disintegrative Disorder
CDCCenter For Disease Control and Prevention
CFCasein Free
CICasein Intolerant
CNSCentral Nervous System
COUSINSomeone who has some autistic-spectrum characteristics to the extent that he/she can identify with autistic folks even if not formally diagnosed.)
CPCerebral Palsy
CPSChild Protective Services
CSECommittee for Special Education (called MDT in some states)
CVPDCentral Vision Processing Disorder
DCDDevelopment Coordination Disorder (DSM IV 315.4)
DDDevelopment Disorder/Developmental Disabilities
DHDevelopmentally Handicapped
DHHDeaf and Hard of Hearing
DHSDepartment of Human Services
DMGDimethyl Glycine
DRDisability Rights
DSMDisablity Statistical Manual (enormous industry-standard catalog of medical diagnoses)
DSM-IVDiagnostic Statistical Manual (edition IV) the current version of this publication
DSMRDiagnostic Statistical Manual (Revised)
EBDEmotional Behavior Disorder
ECSEEarly Childhood Special Education
ECTElectroConvulsive Therapy (electroshock)
EDEmotionally Disturbed
EEGElectroEncephaloGram a graph of brain-wave activity
EIEarly Intervention
ESDEducational Service District
ESEExceptional Student Education
ESYExtended School Year
EYSDExtended Year Special Ed
F2FFace to Face
FADDFeline Attention Deficit Disorder -- High-dysfunctioning autistic cat can't get enough attention
FAPEFree Appropriate Public Education
FASFetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBOFuzzy Box Office (feline home entertainment system)
FCFacilitated Communication
FDAFood and Drug Administration
FERPAFederal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FNSFuzzy Neuron Syndrome
FWIWFor what it's worth
GFGluten Free
GFCFGluten Free / Casein Free (Gluten is wheat free/casein usually dairy free-suspected issue with a number of autistics)
GIGluten Intolerant
HFAHigh Functioning Autism (defined as Autism occurring without mental retardation, e.g. w/IQ of 70 or higher)
HHHard of Hearing
HSLDAHome School Legal Defense Organization
IBSIrritable Bowel Syndrome
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEPIndividual Education Plan
IFLACAI Feel Like A Complete Ass (used as an apology)
IIRCIf I Recall Correctly
IMEIndependent Medical Examination
IMHOIn My Humble Opinion
IMMVIndividual Mileage May Vary (your experiences might be different)
IMNSHOIn My Not So Humble Opinion
IMOIn My Opinion
IMVHOIn My Very Humble Opinion
InLvIndependent Living (support group)
IOWIn Other Words
IQIntelligence Quotient
IRBInstitutional Review Board
IRCAIndiana Resource Center for Autism
LDLearning Disability
LFLactose Free
LFALow Functioning Autism (defined as Autism occurring with mental retardation, e.g. w/IQ lower than 70)
LILactose Intolerant
LLDLanguage-based Learning Disability
LOLLaugh (or Laughing) Out Loud
LOLROFLaughing Out Loud, Rolling on Floor
MAAPMore Able Autistic Persons (Support group)
MBDMinimum Brain Dysfunction
M-DManic Depression (Bipolar depression)
MDOMajor Depressive Disorder
MDTMultidisciplinary Team (teacher, SLP, OT, psych and Parents!
Used in reference to the group of individuals who are a part of development and implementation of an IEP).
MRMental Retardation, Mentally Retarded (IQ less than 70)
MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging
NAARNational Alliance for Autism Research
NDNeurodiverse (used primarily by writers from UK)
NDANot Diagnosed with Anything
NICHCYNational Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NODNot Otherwise Defined, Often appears alot with DX by psychologists.
NOSNot of Specific Origin/Not Otherwise Specified (usually seen as PDD-NOS)
NSNoonan's Syndrome
NTNeurologically Typical (no diagnosable neurological disorder)
NVLDNon-verbal learning disability
OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODDOppositional Defiant Disorder
OHIOther Health Impaired
OICOh, I see
OPMOver-Protective Mom
OTOccupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy
OTOHOn The Other Hand
P&AProtection & Advocacy
PAVEParents Are Vital in Education....a Washington State parents advocacy group.
PDDPervasive Developmental Disorder
PDRPhysician's Desk Reference
PETPositron Emission Tomography
PIQPerformance IQ
PITAPain In The Arse
POHIPhysically or Otherwise Health Impaired
POVPoint of View
PPAParent of a Person with Autism
PPAPPA (PhenylPropanolAmine: A D-amphetamine analogue) very mild stimulant and more.
PTPhysical Therapist or Physical Therapy
PTSDPost Traumatic Stress Disorder
RDIRelationship Development Intervention
RLReal Life
ROFLRolling On Floor Laughing
RPITBRoyal Pain in the Butt
SAH MomStay at home Mom
SBH(?) Severe Behavior Handicap
SEDSeverely Emotionally Disturbed
SISensory Integration
SIBSelf-Injurious Behavior
SIDSensory Integration Disorder
SLKSeverely Labeled Kid
SLPSpeech and Language Pathologist
SNTSuper NuThera
SSDSocial Security Disability
SSISupplemental Security Income
SSRISelective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (class of meds, including Prozac, Zoloft, Praxil, Luvox)
SXSigns and Symptoms
TEACCHTreatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Disorders
TCITherapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) System
TICTongue in Cheek
TOMTheory of Mind
TSTourette's Syndrome
TSTuberous Sclerosis
TTFNTa-Ta For Now!
TTYLTalk to you later
TTYSTalk to you soon
UKUnited Kingdom
VIQVerbal IQ
VRVocational Rehabilitation
WTGWay to go!
YMMVYour Mileage May Vary (meaning, individual experiences could be different)
YOYear Old


hyperHaving too much of something such as hyperactivity which refers to extremely enegetic activity
hypoHaving too little of something such as hypoactivity which refers to not being very active
self-containedIn reference to special education, refers to schools or classrooms containing only special needs population.

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