When my son Norrin was diagnosed with autism, I felt like I was drowning in a big bowl of alphabet soup. Doctors, teachers and therapists casually throw out special education terms and acronyms, assuming you know the lingo. None of them actually explained what anything meant. And the meetings moved so quickly and with so much information to absorb, I didn’t always stop to ask.
It felt like I was learning a whole other language. And I had to learn it on my own. But I caught on quickly and pretty soon, I was fluent in special education too. It comes so naturally to me now, that when I’m talking to friends about Norrin’s services and I sometimes forget that not everyone knows what I’m talking about. Occasionally friends will stop and ask, but sometimes I’m talking so fast, they don’t want to interrupt. So if we’ve ever had a conversation and I’ve thrown out a term you don’t know, this list may be helpful to you.
Here are some common terms you should know:
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