The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time for me. My family members can tell when the school year is approaching as my language begins to change. I use more “edu-speak” and TLA’s (Three Letter Acronyms) to talk about what I am doing and how I am preparing.
As my first blog post, I thought I would share some of the most frequently used terms and acronyms found in the realm of special education. That way you will be able to decipher my posts throughout the school year :).
Here we go:
ABA = Applied Behaviour Analysis
IEP = Individual Education Plan
OSR = Ontario Student Record
SNC = Strengths and Needs Committee
IPRC = Identification, Placement, and Review Committee
ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder
DD = Developmental Delay
LD = Learning Disability
FASD = Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
RCT = Regular Classroom Teacher
SERT = Special Education Resource Teacher
EA = Educational Assistant
DECE = Designated Early Childhood Educator
SLP = Speech and Language Pathologist
SLA = Speech and Language Assistant
OT = Occupational Therapist
PT = Physical Therapist
SEAC = Special Education Advisory Committee
While this is not an inclusive list, it consists of the ones I have used within the past two days (yes, I have been keeping a tally so I knew which ones to post). Whenever I am unsure of a term or what an acronym means, I turn to the ‘Special Education’ section of the SCDSB website. There you can find the most recent Special Education Report, list of SEAC members and additional resources for parents.
I am really looking forward to the coming school year and working with the Special Education team members, school teams, students, and parents. I hope you will join me as the year progresses to hear about what is going on for special education in SCDSB.
Sue Ducau is a Special Education Consultant for Barrie area schools and a regular contributor to Sharing Simcoe. Read her bio here.