Is there a resource to help me learn the special education abbreviations?
I noticed the school staff uses a lot of abbreviations like ESE, IEP, RtI, SLD, etc. I feel embarrassed asking each time for clarification. Is there a resource to help me learn the abbreviations or should I just keep asking? Thank you.
We agree that there are too many acronyms in special education! I experienced this last week when Dr. Duffy used an acronym that I did not know: LBBI. It stands for literacy based behavioral interventions and it’s a project that one of her doctoral students is studying for dissertation. I’ll tell you, just when you think you have heard it all, there is something new.
In most instances the school staff has been using the acronyms for so long that they forget that a parent new to special education does not know the jargon. There are resources to help. Check out SeeMyIEP.com’s Special Education Definitions for many explanations. Also, many school districts actually have a page or two that lists frequently used acronyms. Some school districts call this ‘alphabet soup.’ For example, the Wake School District in Wake Forest, North Carolina has a page to explain the acronyms. It can be found here.
Remember, the IEP meeting is about your child so you want to be clear about any information discussed. Ask as many questions as needed. Wouldn’t you tell your child to ask the teacher a question anytime he or she is unclear? Asking questions means you are engaged in the conversation and interested in the outcome.