Glossary of Terms

Many SEN Terms are abbreviated which can cause confusion. Here is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations and their meanings:
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder(s)
BESD Behavioural, Emotional and Social Development
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CAMHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
CIAT Communication Interaction and Access Team
COP Code of Practice
CP Child Protection
DCD Developmental Coordination Disorder
EAL English as an Additional Language
EP Educational Psychologist
EWO Education Welfare Officer
FSM Free School Meals
HI Hearing Impaired
IEP Individual Education Plan
KS Key Stage
LAC Looked After Children
LA Local Authority
LSS Learning Support Service
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
MSI Multi-Sensory Impairment
OT Occupational Therapist
PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
SALT Speech and Language Therapy / Therapist
PRU Pupil Referral Unit
SEND Special Educational Needs & Disability
SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SLD Severe Learning Difficulties
SLCN Speech, Language and Communication Needs
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulties
VI Visually Impaired