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Autism Glossary

A collection of autism related abbreviations, acronyms and phrases.

Some are specific to certain countries, others have a more global use and understanding.

We have tried to include all of the common terms as well as some of the lesser used or out dated ones.

Please feel free to contribute more. admin@paains.org.uk

ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
AS Aspergers Syndrome
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
AIT Auditory Integration Training
ABA Applied Behaviour Analysis
CDU Child Development Unit
CHAT Checklist for Autism in Toddlers
EBD Emotional and behavioural difficulties.
GFCF Gluten Free Casein Free Diet
HI Hearing impairment.
IEP Individual Educational Plan
LD Learning difficulty
LSA Learning Support Assistant
MLD Moderate learning difficulty.
NAS National Autistic Society
NT Neuro Typical
OT Occupational Therapist
PDD Pervasive Development Disorder
PDD-NOS Pervasive Development Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified
PH Partial hearing.
PMLD Profound and multiple learning difficulties
SALT Speech and language therapist
SLD Severe learning difficulties.
SpLD Specific learning difficulties
STIM / Stimming Self-stimulation
TS Tourettes Syndrome


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