Commonly Used Terms in Special Education and Psychological Services

  •  ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder


    ADHD - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


    AEP - Alternative Educational Program


    AI - Auditory Impairment


    ALE - Applied Learning Environment


    AMC - Academic Mastery Center


    APE - Adapted Physical Education


    ARD - Admissions, Review, and Dismissal (Committee)


    ATP - Assistive Technology Program


    AU - Autism


    BASE - Behavior Assistance through Support and Education


    BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan


    BMC - Behavior Mastery Center/Classroom


    CBI - Community Based Instruction


    CHILD - Consultative Help for Individual Learning Decisions Process


    CMC - Content Mastery Center


    CP - Cerebral Palsy


    DARS - Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (formerly TRC)


    DB - Deaf Blind



    DSM -IV Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition)


    ECC - Early Childhood Collaboration


    ECI - Early Childhood Intervention


    ED - Emotional Disturbance


    EPS - Employment Placement Specialist


    ESYS - Extended School Year Services


    FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education


    FBA - Functional Behavior Assessment


    FERPA - Family Education Rights and Privacy Act


    FIE Full and Individual Evaluation


    IA Instructional Assistant


    ID Intellectual Disability

    IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEE Independent Educational Evaluation


    IEP Individualized Education Program


    LAB Learning Lab (see CMC)


    LC Local Curriculum


    LD Learning Disability


    LRE Least Restrictive Environment


    MD - Multiple Disabilities



    NICHY - National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities


    OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


    ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder


    OH - Other Health Impairment (also OHI)


    OI - Orthopedic Impairment


    O & M - Orientation and Mobility


    OJT - On The Job Training


    OT - Occupational Therapy


    PAC - Parent Advisory Committee


    PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum)


    PPCD - Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities


    PT - Physical Therapy


    REACH - Resource for Parents of Children with Autism


    RDSPD - Regional Day School Program for the Deaf


    RTI - Response to Intervention


    SI - Speech Impairment


    SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist


    STAAR- State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness


    STAAR-ALT 2- State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness- Alternative Test


    STAAR-Online- State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness- Online Test


    TASP - Texas Academic Skills Program


    TEA - Texas Education Agency


    TEKS - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills


    TLC - The Learning Center


    VI - Visual Impairment