SEN jargon can be confusing. These are some of the most common terms you might find useful.

There are many terms and acronyms used across education, health and care services. They can be overwhelming when you are trying to understand the world of SEN and keep coming across terms you are unfamiliar with. Here are some of the most common terms you might find useful:

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ASC Autistic Spectrum Condition
BAPS Behavioural, attendance, pastoral, safeguarding
BSL British Sign Language
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CoP Code of Practice
DfE Department for Education (government)
EHCP Education, Health and Care plan
ENT Ear, Nose and Throat
EP Educational Psychologist
EY Early Years
FE Further Education
GP General Practitioner (your family doctor)
HI Hearing Impairment
LA Local Authority
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
NC National Curriculum
NHS National Health Service
OT Occupational Therapist
PMLD Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
PSHE Personal Social and Health Education
PT Physiotherapist
SALT Speech and Language Therapist
SEN Special Educational Needs
SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SEST Sensory education and support team
SLD Severe Learning Difficulties
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulties
TA Teaching assistant
TWTT The Working Together Team (previously Autism Outreach)