Common Acronyms in the Speech Therapy World

Common Acronyms in the Speech Therapy World

Is your Speech Language Pathologist always talking in acronyms and it’s hard to keep up? Here is a list of the most common acronyms that most SLPs use.

SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

OT – Occupational Therapy

PT – Physical Therapy

ASHA – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CCC – Certificate of Clinical Competence (The letters that come after a SLP’s title)

DX – Diagnosis

EI – Early Intervention

MA or MS – Masters Degree

Acronyms used in the schools

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

BOE – Board of Education

BIP/BMP – Behavior Intervention/Management Plan

ELL – English Language Learner

ESL – English as a Second Language

ESY – Extended School Year

FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP- Individual Education Plan

IFSP – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

ITP – Individual Transition Plan

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

NCLB – No Child Left Behind Act

RTI – Response to Intervention

SPED – Special Education

Acronyms that have to do with therapy

TX – Therapy or Treatment

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

FBA – Functional Behavior Assessment

Acronyms for disorders

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AOS- Apraxia of Speech

APD – Auditory Processing Disorder

ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder

CAS-  Childhood Apraxia of Speech

CAPD – Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CP – Cerebral Palsy

DD- Developmental Disability

EBD – Emotional and Behavioral Disorder

HI – Hearing Impaired

HOH – Hard of Hearing

LD – Learning Disability

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OHI – Other Health Impaired

SLD – Specific Learning Disability

Acronyms for communication forms

AAC- Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ASL – American Sign Language

AT – Assistive Technology

PECS- Picture Exchange Communication System

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