The Hazeley Academy appreciates that effective communication is key for collaborative practice within our Academy, with our parents and external agencies.  We are aware of the numerous acronyms that are frequently used and can lead to confusion for everyone involved.

Below is a glossary of the most frequently used terms in the area of Special Educational Needs/Disability as an attempt to eliminate any confusion which might impede healthy communication.

 AAC  Aumentative and alternative  communication  LA  Local Authority
ADD  Attention Deficit Disorder LAC  Looked After Child
ADHD  Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder MLD  Mild Learning Difficulty
ASD  Autism Spectrum Disorder OCD  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
BESD  Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties  OT  Occupational Therapist
BSL  British Sign Language PECS  Personalised Education Centres
CAFCASS  Children And Family Court Advisory and  Support Service PMLD  Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
CAMHS  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service PRU  Pupil Referral Units
CYFP Child and Youth and Family Programme PSP  Pastoral Support Programme
CoP Code of Practice PT  Physical Therapy
CP  Child Protection SLT  Senior Leadership Team
DCD  Developmental Co-ordination Disorder SENDCo  Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator
DDA  Disability Discrimination Act SEND  Special Educational Needs and Disability
DfE  Department of Education SENDIST  Special Educational Needs and Disability Integrated Service
DLA  Disability Living Allowance SLCN  Speech Language and Communication Needs
EAL  English as an Additional Language SLD  Severe Learning Difficulties
EHCP  Education Health and Care Plan SpLD  Specific Learning Difficulties
EP  Educational Psychologist STA  Senior Teaching Assistant
FSM  Free School Meals TAC  Team Around the Child
G&T  Gifted and Talented TAF  Team around the Family
HI  Hearing Impairment TA  Teaching Assistant
HLTA  Higher Level Teaching Assistant TS  Tourette’s Syndrome
IEP  Individual Education Plan VI  Visual Impairment