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Autism and SEND acronyms and terms

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This is a glossary of common acronyms and abbreviations used with autism and SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability).

AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

ARB – Autism Resource Base

AS – Asperger syndrome

ASAT – Autism Spectrum Assessment Team

ASC – Autistic Spectrum Condition

ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder

ASDOT – Autism Spectrum Disorder Outreach Team (now BAOT)

BAOT – Bristol Autism Outreach Team (formerly ASDOT)

BAS – Bristol Autism Support

BASS – Bristol Autism Spectrum Service

BPC – Bristol Parent Carers

CAF – Common Assessment Framework/Form

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CCG – Clinical Commissioning Group

CCP – Consultant Community Paediatrician

CIC – Children in Care

CLA – Children Looked After

CP – Child Protection

CSA – Children’s Service Authority

CSW – Community Support Worker

CYP – Child and young people

DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service

DfE – Department for Education

DLA – Disability Living Allowance

EDAC – Early Development Assessment Centre

EFA – Education Funding Agency

EH – Early Help

EHCP – Education Health and Care Plan

EOTAS – Education other than at school

EP – Educational Psychologist

ES – Early Support

EWO – Education Welfare Officer

EY – Early Years

EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage

FIS – Family Information Service

HFA – High Functioning Autism

HI – Hearing Impairment

ICT – Information and Communications Technology

IEP – Individual Education Plan

JC – Joint Commissioning

JSE – Joint Strategic Executive

LA – Local Authority (also Learning Assistant)

LO – Local Offer

MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulties

MSI – Multi-Sensory Impairment

ODD – Oppositional Defiance Disorder

OfSTED – Office for Standards in Education

OT – Occupational Therapy/Therapist

PD – Physical Disability

PDA – Pathological Demand Avoidance

PIP – Personal Independence Payment

PMLD – Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

PP – Pupil premium

PR – Parental Responsibility

PT – Physiotherapy/Physiotherapist

S&L – Speech and Language

SALT – Speech and Language Therapist or Therapy

SALT/SLT – Speech & Language Therapy/Therapist

SC – Social Care

SCIN – Social, Communication and Interaction Needs

SEN – Special Educational Needs

SENCo – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SEND IASS – Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (independent service)

SFA – Schools Funding Agency

SLCN – Speech, Language and Communication Needs

SLD – Severe Learning Difficulties

SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder

SpLD – Specific Learning Difficulty

TA – Teaching Assistant

TAC – Team Around the Child

TAF – Team around the Family

VI – Visual Impairment