Special Education Acronyms

Every field has their own jargon, but to a parent of a student with a disability the language used in a meeting can be overwhelming and intimidating. Here is a cheat sheet to help you better understand what is being said or what has been written in your child’s IEP.

ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis
APE: Adapted Physical Education
ASL: American Sign Language
BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan
ESL: English as a Second Language
ESY: Extended School Year
FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA: Functional Behavioral Assessment
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP: Individualized Education Plan
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
NCLB: No Child Left Behind
OT: Occupational Therapy
PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System
PLP: Present Level of Performance
PT: Physical Therapy
PWN: Prior Written Notice
SLP: Speech-Language Pathologist

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act

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