“Edu-Speak” and TLA’s: Understanding the language of special education

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.

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Sue Ducau is a Special Education Consultant for Barrie area schools and a regular contributor to Sharing Simcoe. Read her bio here

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