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Special Education Acronyms


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Wondering what all those acronyms in the Special-Education Acronym Quiz -- or, to get real, in your child's IEP -- might possibly mean? Here's a quick guide to some of the most common special education abbreviations and what they stand for, along with links to more information.

ABA: Applied Behavior Analysis
APE: Adapted Physical Education
ASL: American Sign Language
BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan
ESL: English as a Second Language
ESY: Extended School Year
FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA: Functional Behavioral Assessment
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP: Individualized Education Plan
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
NCLB: No Child Left Behind
OT: Occupational Therapy
PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System
PLP: Present Level of Performance
PT: Physical Therapy
PWN: Prior Written Notice
SLP: Speech-Language Pathologist
504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act

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