I might be a little biased, but I absolutely love what the term "special education" encompasses. I love what I do, I love the children I am blessed to learn from, and I love the relationships I get to form with my peers and the families I work with.
But there is one thing I, as a special education teacher, have a love-hate relationship with.
Now, a good side to these said acronyms is that I can literally spit out 26
letters of the alphabet big abbreviated words in less than 1 minute and it actually mean something, all thanks to FAPE, IEP, ARD, IEE, RR, RS, OT, ASD, ODD, FBA, BIP, PT, APE, VI, AT, AAC, and LRE.
But what in the world did I just say? I could easily just have spit out three cuss words in twelve languages and you might not even know it.
There may honestly be some acronyms that you will never hear or use (and you're probably okay with that)... but there are quite a few that every parent should know.
Here is a basic list of acronyms that I have curated and think all parents should know, or at least be aware of.
*Please note that certain acronyms do vary state-to-state.