Acronyms

Acronyms

Acronyms in education have developed over time as a shared vocabulary designed to speed communication. Occasionally this jargon will slip into our conversations with parents and students; this list is not exhaustive but should be helpful for parents and caregivers.

Acronym Description​

AAC

​Augmentative alternative communication

ADD

​Attention deficit disorder

​ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder

​AODA

​Alcohol and other drug abuse

​AT

Assistive technology

​BIP

Behavior intervention plan

​DHH

Deaf and hard of hearing

​EA

Educational audiologist

EBD

​Emotional behavioral disability

​ECSE

​Early childhood special education

​EIP

​Early intervention program (birth-3 services provided by county)

ESY

​Extended school year

FAPE

​Free appropriate public education

FBA

​Functional behavioral assessment

HI

​Hearing impairment

ID

Intellectual disability

IDEA

​Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

​IEP

​Individualized education program

​LEA

​Local education agency (Appleton Area School District)

​LRE

​Least restrictive environment

​OHI

Other health impairment​

​OI

​Orthopedic impairment

​O&M

​Orientation and mobility

​OT

​Occupational therapy

​PBIS

​Positive behavioral interventions and supports

​PT

​Physical therapy

​PLEP

​Present level of educational performance

​RtI

​Response to intervention, or response to instruction

​SAP

​School-age parent

​SDD

Significant developmental delay

​SEA

State education agency (WI Department of Public Instruction)

​SL

​Speech & language

​SLD

​Specific learning disability

​SLP

Speech & language pathologist (therapist)​

​SPE

​Special (adaptive) physical education

SW

​Social worker

​SwD

​Student with a disability

​TBI

​Traumatic brain injury

​VI

Vision impairment

​WAA

Wisconsin Alternate Assessment (part of WSAS)

​WKCE

​Wisconsin Knowledge & Concepts Exams (part of WSAS)

​WSAS

​Wisconsin Student Assessment System