As the parent of a child with any type of disability, you are likely to come across a wide range of acronyms used by teachers, schools, medical professionals and others caring for your child.

Below is a handy list of the most common acronyms, and what they stand for, that the families of children with disabilities encounter.

  • SLD: Severe Learning Difficulty
  • MLD: Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • CLDD: Complex learning difficulties and disabilities
  • PMLD: Profound Multiple Learning Difficulty
  • CM: Complex and Multiple needs
  • SEN: Special Educational Needs
  • SEND: Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • ASD / ASC: Autistic spectrum disorder / condition
  • ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • EHCP: Education Health and Care Plan a statement of educational needs
  • PLP: Personal Learning Plan
  • BSP: Behaviour¬† Support Plan
  • PCP: Personal Care Plan
  • SaLT: Speech and Language Therapist
  • OT: Occupational Therapist
  • Physio: Physiotherapist
  • Ed Psych: Educational Psychologist