As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Acronyms of Autism

A little guide to help understand the language of autism.

AAC – Augmentative and Alternative Communication; communication through nonverbal means

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis; a common type of autism therapy

AS – Asperger’s Syndrome; one of the five types of autism

ASC – Autism Spectrum Condition(s); a term preferred by neurodiversity advocates

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder(s); refers to the five types of autism

DIR – Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based; a common type of autism therapy

IEP - Individualized Education Program

NT - Neurotypical

OT – Occupational Therapy; therapy used to address sensory and motor skill deficiencies, sometimes means occupational therapist

PDD-NOS – Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified; one of the five types of autism

PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System; a method of communication using picture symbols

RDI – Relationship Development Intervention; a common type of autism therapy

SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist; a speech therapist with at least a master’s degree and nationally certified and licensed

SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder; a common condition seen among those with autism spectrum disorders

ST – Speech Therapy; therapy used to increase a person’s skill with speech and language, sometimes means speech therapist

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