Common Acronyms

Diagnosis Acronyms:

CP - Cerebral Palsy
HIE - Hypoxic Ischemic Encephelopathy
IS - Infantile Spasms
CVI - Cortical Visual Impairment/Inattentiveness
DVM - Delayed Visual Maturation
ID/LD - Intellectual/Learning Disabilities
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
AS - Asperger's Syndrome
GDD - Global Developmental Delay
SQCP - Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy
GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Diagnostic Tools Acronyms:

MRI - Magnetic resonance imaging
EEG - Electroencephalogram

Medical Professionals Abbreviations:

Ped - Pediatrician
Neuro - Neurologist
Ortho - Orthopedist
GI - Gastroenterologist
PM&R/PMR - Physiatrist or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Care/Hospitalization Acronyms:

NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (also called a SCBU)
PICU - Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
SCBU - Special Care Baby Unit (also called a NICU)

General Acronyms:

NT - Neurologically (or Neuro) Typical
SN - Special Needs

Equipment Acronyms:

AFO - Ankle Foot Orthosis
SMO - Supra Malleolar Orthosis (short ankle orthosis)
KAFO - Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
SWASH brace - Sitting Walking And Standing Hip orthosis
TLSO - Thoracolumbosacral orthosis
CI - Cochlear Implant

Surgical Acronyms:

SDR - Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
SPML - Selective Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthening

Feeding-Related Acronyms:

NGT - Nasal Gastric Tube
PEG - Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastronomy
G-Tube - Gastronomy Tube
NPO - Nil Per Os (nil by mouth)
Fundo - Nissan Fundoplication

Therapy-Related Acronyms:

OT - Occupational Therapy
PT - Physical Therapy
ST - Speech Therapy
SALT - Speech and Language Therapist
ABM - Anat Baniel Method
MNRI - Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Integration
NDT - Neuro Developmental Training/Technique

Communication-Related Acronyms:

AAC - Alternative Augmentative Communication
AT - Assistive Technology

Education-Related Acronyms:

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
EI - Early Intervention
TC - Teacher Consultant
IEP - Individualized Education Program/Plan
IFSP - Individualized Family Service Program/Plan
ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education
ESD - Extended School Day
FAPE - Free and Appropriate Education
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
PI - Physical Impairment
OHI - Other Health Impairment (many children with HIE are covered under EI with this)
D/HH - Deaf and Hard of Hearing
HI - Hearing Impaired
DB - Deaf Blindness
ECDD - Early Childhood Developmental Delay
EI - Emotional Impairment
SXI - Severe Multiple Impairment
SLI - Speech and Language Impairment
TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury (some states separate this out from a HIE event)
VI - Visual Impairment
CI - Cognitive Impairment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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