By Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO
Have you ever looked at an acronym only to have to put it into your favorite search engine to come up with its correct meaning? When I first started homeschooling my son on the spectrum 19 years ago, I was completely oblivious to what most special needs/education acronyms meant.
I have learned a lot since that first year of homeschooling kindergarten and I I hope the list below will be helpful in your special needs homeschooling journey and when reading the articles on the SPED Homeschool website, listening or watching one of our many podcasts or videos, or viewing my weekly live broadcast, Empowering Homeschool Conversations.
To provide you with some additional help, the acronyms and definitions below have links that will take you to SPED Homeschool resources that further explain the acronym or a homeschooling situation where the topic applies.
AAC – Assistive Augmented Communication
ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis
ACT – American College Testing
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL – Activities for Daily Living
ADP – Auditory Processing Disorder
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder
AYP – Adequate Yearly Progress
BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan
CBA – Curriculum-Based Assessment
IEE – Individual Education Evaluation
IEP – Individual Education Plan
IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan
ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder
PBSP – Positive Behavior Support Plan
PDD – Pervasive Development Disorder
PLEP – Present Level of Educational Performance
PLOP – Present Level of Performance
SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test
SDI – Specially Designed Instruction
SLP – Speech Language Pathology
SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder
I hope this list has not only helped you with understanding these terms, but has helped you in applying this knowledge in homeschooling your unique learner.
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