Acronym Assistance and DictionaryListed in alphabetical order. If there are any I missed, comment and I'll add it
AB - for my blog only, AB is "aspie boy"
ABA - applied behavioral analysis, a therapy form typically used for autism
ADD/ADHD - attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder
AFO - ankle foot orthotic - a brace worn by persons with CP or chronic toe walking issues to correct or prevent the behavior
APS - adult protective services
Aspie - a term of endearment used by family members that love someone that has Asperger syndrome
Asperger Syndrome- a higher functioning form of autism. Many in this category are highly intelligent
ASD - autism spectral disorder
Axis - the DSM lists six axis levels for disorder diagnostic criteria
b.i.d. - doctor and pharmacy code for "dose a medication twice a day - morning and night"
BP - bipolar disorder (was formerly referred to as manic/depressive in the DSM)
CAFAS - child adolescent functional assessment scale - the form a core provider fills out to determine if a youth requires a PRTF
CBAY - community based alternatives for youth - a federal grant program currently in 14 states in the U.S. It is a funnel of medicaid dollars specifically for children that come out of RTC but still qualify for PRTF. The program provides wrap-around services in the youth's community. It is called different things in different states
CBT cognitive behavioral therapy
Class 5 RAD - completely made up. My daughter scores 49/50 on the RADQ. That's pretty severe so tongue-in-cheek I tell people she's a "class 5"
CIS - community intervention services
CME- care management entity
CORE - wrap around services similar to IFI but a step-down, concentrating largely on skill building
CP- cerebral palsy
CPS - child protective services
DBHDD - department of behavioral health and developmental disability
DBT - dilectical behavioral therapy - a form of CBTs that uses acronyms to guide a patient through a coping skill. (ie)STAR = stop, think, assess, react
DD - developmental delay
DFACS - Department of Family and Children's Services same as CPS but different states call it different things.
DHS - department of Health Services
DID - dissociative identity disorder, formerly referred to as multiple personality disorder
DSM - the mental health and developmental delay Dx "bible"
Dx - diagnosis
EBD - an IEP plan for emotional and behaviorally disturbed students
ER - emergency room
FASD- fetal alcohol spectral disorder
FFCMH - National Federation of Families for Childrens Mental Health
F-G syndrome - the F and the G stand for the last names of the two first people to be diagnosed with this genetic syndrome
FSP - family support provider
FTM - family team meeting
GI - gastrointestinal; many kids with DD and/or genetic syndromes have chronic GI issues
HFA - high functioning autism
Hippotherapy - horseback riding therapy for disabled or impaired persons
IED - Intermittent explosive disorder
IEP- individual education plan
IFI - intensive family intervention which includes in-home family therapy, individual therapy and skill building activities
LIPT - Local Interagency Planning Team; a local interagency that staffs a case and determines what resources are available for that child in the community.
NTs - a blog and SPED mom slang for "neurotypical" or persons without developmental delay or mental health issues
MH - mental health
MHDDAD - mental health,developmental disabilities, addictive diseases
MR - mental retardation, typically considered at IQs 70 or lower
Mood Disorder - NOS - NOS just means 'not otherwise specified" this Dx simply means there isn't enough clinical evidence or time to determine the level of mood disorder
NAMI - national alliance on mental illness
OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder
ODD - oppositional defiance disorder
OHI - an IEP plan for other health impaired students
OT - occupational therapy
PDD-NOS - pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified
pdoc - blog speak for "psychiatrist"
PRTF - psychiatric residential treatment facility
PT - physical therapy
PTSD - post traumatic stress disorder
q.AM - doctor and pharmacy code for "dose a medication in the morning"
q.h.s. - doctor and pharmacy code for "dose a medication in the evening"
RAD - reactive attachment disorder (but also reactive AIRWAY DYSFUNCTION for sever asthmatics so be sure to specify when you're at the ER or you might be greeted by a pulmonologist)
RADQ - the psychometric evaluation that evaluates whether or not a child has enough symptoms to be clinically diagnosed with RAD
RTC - residential treatment center
RTI - response to intervention - a four tiered academic plan for at-risk students to determine what level of additional academic assistance they need. Tier 4 students have an IEP
Rx - prescription
SAMHSA- substance abuse and mental health service agency
SIB - self-injurous behavior
SPED - special education or sometimes used to refer to a person or group that work with students or have a family member that requires special education
TL - therapeutic leave; when a family member can take a youth or adolescent away from the RTC for an outing or overnight
WG - for my blog only, WG is "wonder girl"
wrap services - services in a community that include psychiatry, psychology, therapy, community programs, etc. that help integrate a troubled youth back into a normal community and home lifestyle.
504 - the number of the amendment to the constitution that specifically addresses the rights of disabled citizens - a disabled child that does not qualify for an IEP can get academic accommodations through this avenue