GT-Special Acronyms

This list of acronyms is applicable to "twice exceptional" children who face learning disabilities in addition to being gifted. For a more general list of terms and acronyms dealing with giftedness, check out our GT Glossary Page. A list of commonly used Internet Slang Abbreviations is at the bottom of this page.


5-HTP Serotonin
ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABI Adaptive Behavior Inventory
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act (Section 504)
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
AD/HD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AIT Auditory Integration Therapy
AP Advanced Placement - College-level courses for high school students.
APD Auditory Processing Disorder
APE Adaptive Physical Education
ARD Admission, Review, Dismissal (used in Texas)
AS Asperger Syndrome
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
BBRS Burks' Behavior Rating Scale
BD Behavioral Disorder
BD/ED Behavior Disordered / Emotionally Disturbed
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
BOE Board of Education
BP Bi-Polar (formerly manic-depressive)
CA Chronological Age
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CARS Childhoold Autism Rating Scale (diagnostic and evaluation tool)
CD Conduct Disorder
CNS Central Nervous System
COTA Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
CP Cerebral Palsy
CPS Child Protective Services
CSE Committee on Special Education (called "MDT" in some states)
CST Child Study Team
CTY Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University with Summer Programs, Family Academic Programs, Distance Education, and other resources to help gifted children.
CTD Center For Talent Development at Northwestern University- Midwest Talent Search for grades 5-9, Saturday Enrichment Programs, Conferences and more - Evanston, IL.
CVI Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment
DAS Differential Abilities Scales
DCD Development Coordination Disorder (DSM IV 315.4)
DHS Department of Human Services
DOE Department of Education
DRA Developmental Reading Assessment
DSI Sensory Integration Dysfunction, also referred to as SID
DSM-IV Diagnostic Statistical Manual (4th Edition)
DX or Dx Diagnosis
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECG Electrocardiogram
ED Emotionally Disturbed
EEG ElectroEncephaloGram (basically, a graph of brain-wave activity)
EF/EFD Executive Function/Executive Function Disorder
EG Extremely gifted (in the Moderately Gifted - Highly Gifted - Extremely Gifted - Profoundly Gifted spectrum)
EI Early Intervention
EKG ElectroCardioGram (a graph of the heart's electrical activity)
EOBP Early Onset Bipolar Disorder (pediatric bipolar disorder)
EPGY Educational Program for Gifted Youth, distance learning program administered by Stanford University for grades K-college in mathematics, physics, and expository writing.
ESD Educational Service District
ESE Exceptional Student Education (special education)
ESL English as a Second Language
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FERPA Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FIQ Full Scale IQ (not a meaningful number if there's a large discrepancy between the Performance and verbal IQs)
FOIA Freedom Of Information Act
GAF Global Assessment of Functioning scale (used in psychiatric evals to assess level of functioning)
GDC Gifted Development Center
HFA High Functioning Autism (defined as autism occurring without mental retardation)
HG Highly Gifted (in the Moderately Gifted - Highly Gifted - Extremely Gifted - Profoundly Gifted spectrum)
HI Hearing Impaired
HTP/5htp Serotonin
IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
ICDM Similar to the DSM-IV, a book used by health insurers for billing purposes to assign codes to medical diagnoses
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, latest version is IDEA 2004
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Plan
LD Learning Disability
LEA Local Education Agency
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
M-D Manic Depression (bipolar disorder)
MDD Major Depressive Disorder
MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team (called "CSE" in some states)
MG Moderately Gifted (in the Moderately Gifted - Highly Gifted - Extremely Gifted - Profoundly Gifted spectrum)
MPD Multiple Personality Disorder
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
NAMI National Association for the Mentally Ill
NICHCY National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
NOD Not Otherwise Diagnosed
NOS "Not Otherwise Specified," often seen in PDD-NOS
NT Neurotypical/Neurologically Typical
NLD or NVLD Non-Verbal Learning Disability
OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OCR Office of Civil Rights
ODD Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
OHI Otherwise Health Impaired
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy
OVR Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
P&A Protection & Advocacy, a U.S. network of Congressionally mandated, legally based disability rights agencies
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
pdoc Psychiatrist
PDR Physician's Desk Reference (contains detailed information on medications)
PET Positron Emission Tomography
PG Profoundly gifted (in the Moderately Gifted - Highly Gifted - Extremely Gifted - Profoundly Gifted spectrum)
PIQ Performance IQ
PLEP Present Levels of Educational Performance
PLOP Present Levels of Performance
PT Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy
PTI Parent Training and Information center
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rx Prescription
SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka "Winter Depression")
SB-LM Stanford-Binet, Form L-M (IQ test)
SD School District
SEA State Education Agency
SED Severe Emotional Disorder/Severely Emotionally Disturbed
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SI Sensory Integration
SID Sensory Integration Dysfunction, also referred to as DSI
SIPT Sensory Integration and Praxis Text
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLP Speech and Language Pathologist (speech therapist)
Sped Special Education
SSD Special School District
SSRI Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (class of antidepressant medications that includes Prozac, Zoloft, Praxil, Luvox)
tdoc Therapist
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Disorders
TIP The Duke University Talent Identification Program identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture their development.
TS Tourette Syndrome
VIQ Verbal IQ
VI Visual Impairment/Visually Impaired
WAIS Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (IQ test)
WIAT Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
WISC Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (IQ test)
WJ-R Woodcock-Johnson Revised (a psycho-educational test, has both IQ and achievement components)
WPPSI Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale in Intelligence (IQ test)

In addition to the above list, there's an excellent Dictionary for Parents of Children with Disabilities (in PDF format, you need Adobe Acrobat to read it) at University of South Dakota's Center for Disabilities website. There's a shorter Glossary and Guide to Acronyms (also in PDF) by Leslie Packer, Ph.D.

A Guide to Some Internet Slang

This list is an edited subset of the various Internet Slang Terms found on the Wikipedia site, and commonly used on the list.


{{{ }}} Hugs
AFAIK As far as I know
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
DD Dear (or dratted, depending on mood) daughter
DH Dear (or dratted, depending on mood)  husband
DS Dear (or dratted, depending on mood)  son
DW Dear (or dratted, depending on mood)  wife
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions - a list of frequently-asked questions with their answers.
FIL Father-in-law
FWIW For what it's worth
<g> Grin
HTH Hope this helps
IANAL I am not a lawyer (usually used before a non-lawyer gives legal advice, as a disclaimer.)
IIRC If I recall correctly/If I remember correctly
IME In my experience
IMO In my opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
IYKWIM If you know what I mean
JME Just my experience
JMO Just my opinion
LOL Laughing out loud
MIL Mother-in-Law
OMG Oh my G*d/goodness!
OP Original poster
OT Off-topic
OTC Over the counter (items that can be bought without a prescription)
OTOH On the other hand
PITA Pain in the [rear end]
POV Point of view
RL Real life (as opposed to on-line)
ROFL/ ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing.
ROFLOL rolling on floor laughing out loud
<s> smile
TIA Thanks in advance
<vwg> Very wicked grin
<wg> Wicked grin
WRT, w/rt  With respect to, with regard to...
YMMV Your mileage may vary (used as a disclaimer to indicate that the preceding statement is your experience and what works for you or your child may not work for someone else.)

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Modified March 4, 1999 by Valerie Bock, and again on March 4, 2006 by Sarah Wayland