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Header: Common Acronyms Used in ABA Therapy – A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

AAC = Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA = Applied Behavior Analysis

ABLLS = Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills
AFLS = Assessment of Functional Living Skills
ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act
ADHD = Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL = Activities of Daily Living
ADOS = Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (Gold-standard test for diagnosing Autism)
ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASL = American Sign Language
AT = Assistive Technology

BCBA = Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BIP = Behavior Intervention Plan

BT = Behavior Technician (also known as RBT)
DD = Developmental Disabilities
DSM-5 = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition
DTT = Discrete Trial Training
EI = Early Intervention
FBA = Functional Behavior Assessment
HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

I/DD = Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
IEP = Individualized Education Plan
IFSP = Individualized Family Service Plan

ITP = Infants and Toddlers Program (Maryland’s early intervention program)
LBA = Licensed Behavior Analyst
NT = Neurotypical
OT = Occupational Therapist /therapy
PECS = Picture Exchange Communication System
PT = Physical Therapist /therapy

RBT = Registered Behavior Technician
SIB = Self-Injurious Behavior
SLP = Speech Language Pathologist

SSI = Supplemental Security Income
ST = Speech therapist/therapy
VB-MAPP = Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program

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