Special Education Glossary


AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABLLS: Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
BCBA: Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BID: Behavior Intervention Department
BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan
CBI: Community Based Instruction
DLM: Dynamic Learning Maps
EFL: Essentials for Living
IEP: Individual Education Plan (or Program)
IHP: Individualized Health Plan
LAL: Language Arts Literacy
LEA: Local Education Agency
MS9: Middle School & 9th Grade program
NJSLA: New Jersey Student Learning Assessment
OT: Occupational Therapy
PBS: Positive Behavior Supports
PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PSE: Preschool Elementary program
PT: Physical Therapy
SGD: Speech Generating Device
SLP: Speech Therapist
SLT: Structured Leisure Time (recess for Middle School Students that are structured for leisure activities)
VBMAPP: Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program


Lexia Core 5: Lexia® Core5® Reading is an adaptive blended learning program that accelerates the development of literacy skills for students of all abilities, helping them make that critical shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Work is completed on a computer or iPad.

Phonemic Awareness: Phonemic awareness focuses only on the sounds of a word, while phonics focuses on the relationship of sounds and letters. In other words, it will be difficult for a student to develop their phonics skills if they don’t have a good foundation in phonological and phonemic awareness.