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.

See our glossary below:

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 PsychEducational Psychologist