Happy Holidays!



Special Needs Resource Blog will take a break during the holidays and will return Monday, January 4, 2016 with new information, tools and resources to post including more downloadable free tools and templates Monday thru Thursday. I am excited and look forward to sharing more resources with you in the new year.
Thanks to all of you for following my blog this year. Wishing you and your families joy and peace all through the holidays and throughout the new year. May the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the new year.  🙂   🙂


Common Acronyms used In Autism


The special needs and developmental disability field contains so many acronyms  it is impossible to write them all. Many are formed at the State level from various educational programs while others are more medically defined.  As the number of children diagnosed with autism increase, it appears the same holds true for new words and terminology. Below I have added a list of words more likely used in the autism community.

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AAC-Assistive Augmentative Communication

ABA- Applied Behavior Analysis

ADA-Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

ADD-Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD-Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADOS-Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule

APE-Adaptive Physical Education

AS- Asperger’s Syndrome

ASA- Autism Society of America

ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASHA- American Speech and Hearing Association

ASL-American Sign Language

ASPIE- A person with Asperger’s Syndrome

CARS- Childhood Autism Rating Scale

CDC-Center for Disease Control

COTA- Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

DD- Developmental Disability


EI-Early Intervention

ICF-Immediate Care Facility

ID-Intellectual Disability

IDEA-Individuals with Disabilities Act

IEP- Individualized Education Plan

IFSP- Individualized Family Service Plan

LFE- Least Restrictive Environment

M-CHAT- Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

NOS- Not Otherwise Specified


ODD-Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OSEP0 Office of Special Education Programs

OT- Occupational Therapy

OVR-Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

PECS- Picture Exchange Communication System

PDD-NOS- Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PICA-Ingestion of non-edible items

PT-Physical Therapy

SI-Sensory Intergration

SIB-Self-Injurious Disorder

SLP- Speech-Language Disorder

TEACCH-Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children


5 Resources to Support Parents of Children with Autism


I received these great resource articles for families with child with autism from Angela Tollerson, a blogger from familyhealthnet. Her site provides resources on family health and wellness. Please share these links with others who may benefit and don’t forget to stop by and visit Angela’s blog at: forfamilyhealth.net

  1. Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  2. The Moment I Got My Son with Autism’s Need for Routine
  3. The Well Travel Guide for Parents of Autism Spectrum Children
  4. Nutrition for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  5. 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism