ABA- Applied Behaviour Analysis

ABO- classification system for human blood types

ACC- Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum

ADD- Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AEDs- Anti-epileptic drugs

Amb- Ambulation (walking)

APD- Auditory Processing Disorder

AS- Angelman Syndrome

AS- Aspergers Syndrome

ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder

AT- Assistive Technology


BD- twice a day

BDD- Body Dysmorphic Disorder

BoM-Board of Management

BM-Bowel Motion

BP- Bi Polar

BP- Blood Pressure


CAMHS- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAO- Chief Appeals Officer

CAT scan- Computer Axial Tomography

CDD- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

CF- Cystic Fibrosis

CDH- Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

CHD- Congenital Heart Disease

CP- Cerebral Palsy

CPAP- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

CVI- Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment


DASH- Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (test)

DB HL- Decibels of Hearing Loss

DCA- Domiciliary Carers Allowance

DCD-Developmental Coordination Disorder

DDA- Disability Discrimination Act

DES- Department of Education and Skills

DEST- Dyslexia Early Screening Test

DO- Deciding Officer (in an appeal)

DOB- Date of Birth

DS- Down Syndrome

DSM- Diagnostic Statistical Manual

DSP-Department of Social Protection

DX- Diagnosis


EBD- Emotional Behavioural Disorder

ECCE- Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme

ECHR- European Convention of Human Rights

EEG- Electroencephalogram (measurement of electric brain activity)

EI- Early Intervention

ENT- Ears Nose and Throat

EP- Educational Psychologist

EPSEN Act 2004-Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs


FTT- Failure to Thrive


GDD- Global Developmental Delay

GERD- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

GLD- General Learning Disability

GT- Gifted and Talented

GT/LD- Gifted and Learning Disabled

G tube- Gastric Tube


HFA- High Functioning Autism

HSE- Health Service Executive


IATSE- Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education

ICE- Intractable Childhood Epilepsy

IDDM- Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

IEP- Individual Education Plan

IQ- Intelligence Quota

IV- Intravenous

IVH- Intra Ventricular Haemorrhage


JHS- Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

JRA- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


LD- Learning Difficulty/ Learning Difference

LFA- Low Functioning Autism


MD- Muscular Dystrophy

MGLD- Mild General Learning Disability

Micra-T- Reading Attainment Test

MLD- Moderate Learning Disability

MMR- Measles Mumps and Rubella

MRI- Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MVPT- Motor Visual Perception Test


NCCA- National Council for Assessment and Curriculum

NCSE- National Council for Special Education

NDA- National Disability Authority

NEWB- National Education Welfare Board

NEPS- National Education Psychological Service

NG Tube- Nasogastric Tube

NOS- Not Otherwise Specified

NPC- National Parents Council Primary

NPCPP- National Parents Council Post Primary

NVLD- Non Verbal Learning Difficulty


OCD- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ODD- Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OMA- Ocular Motor Apraxia

OPM- Over Protective Mum

OT- Occupational Therapy


PACC- Partial Agenesis of the Corpus callosum

PDD- Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PDD/NOS- Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

PECS- Picture Exchange Communication System

PEGS- Perceived Efficacy of Goal Setting (test)

PET Scan- Postronic Emission Tomography

PKU- Phenylketonuria

PMLD- Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities

PPSN- Personal Public Service Number

PT- Physiotherapist

PU- Pass Urine

PWS- Prader Willi Syndrome


RA- Reading Age


SB- Spina Bifida

SCPA- Scheme for Commissioning Psychological Assessments

SE- Status Epilepticus (seizure lasting 30 minutes)

SEBD- Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

SEN- Special Educational Needs

SENO – Special Education Needs Officer

SESS- Special Education Support Service

SI- Sensory Integration

Sigma-T – Mathematics Attainment Test

SLD- Specific Learning Disability

SLI- Specific Language Impairment

SLT- Speech and Language Therapy

SM- Selective Mutism

SNA- Special Needs Assistant

SPD- Sensory Processing Disorder

SWAO- Social Welfare Appeals Office


TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury

TS- Tourette Syndrome


UNCRC- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

URTI- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

UTI- Urinary Tract Infection


VEC- Vocational Education Committee

VI- Visual Impairment


WISC- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

WORD- Wechsler Objective Reading Dimensions


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