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‘Learning, Caring and Achieving Together’
‘Learning, Caring and Achieving Together’

What do the terms mean?

We appreciate that SEND is full of jargon so we hope the following section will support you.


A&E - Accident & Emergency Department
Acute - The short term, crisis phase of an illness
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder. (Also see ADHD)
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL - Actions for daily Living
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
BESD – Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties
CAMHS - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
CYPSS – Children & Young Person’s specialist Service
(Two names for the same provision)
CAF - Common Assessment Framework
EHA – Early Help Assessment
(Two names for the same process of assessing the support needed)
Chronic - Persisting for a long time
CF - Cystic Fibrosis
Complex - More than one significant problem
Congenital - Present at birth
CP - Cerebral Palsy, CP can also be used as jargon for child protection
CPN - Community Psychiatric Nurse
CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
Diagnosis - Identification of a disease or condition by looking at the symptoms
DLA - Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit you can claim if your child needs extra help or looking after because of their special needs.
DAC - Developmental Assessment Clinic
DDA - Disability Discrimination Act
Early Years Education - All pre-school education provision such as playgroups, nursery classes, pre-schools and day nurseries.
ENT - Ear, nose and throat
EDT - Emergency Duty Team
EHCP – Educational Health Care Plan – A plan to support children in school with complex Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
EP - Educational Psychologists are psychologists who may have previously trained and worked as teachers; they work in schools offering support with any difficulty affecting your child’s development and learning.
GDD - Global Developmental Delay. When a child has delayed achievement of one or more developmental milestones, this is Developmental Delay. Global Developmental Delay implies that the child has delays in all areas of development.
Genetic - Inherited
- General Practitioner or family doctor
HI - Hearing Impairment
HV - Health Visitor
ICS - Integrated Children’s System
IEP - Individual Education Plan
IIP - Investors in People
Key Worker - The term Key worker is used to describe workers from a variety of settings who work closely with a child young person, or adult Care Co-ordination Key workers have a specific role.
LD Nurse - Learning Disability Nurse
LA - Local Authority
Local Offer – What is available for children with SEND in the area
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulties
MSI - Multi Sensory Impairment
Neuropsychologist - Is a psychologist who assesses and works with people who may have impaired areas of the brain that may be affecting things like speech, learning etc.
NHS - National Health Service
NG Tube - Nasal Gastric Tube, this is a tube inserted in the nose going straight into the stomach for feeding.
OT - Occupational Therapist
PAEDS - Paediatrics
Paediatrician - Doctor who specialises in the Development or care of children
PEP - Personal Education Plan
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
Progressive - A condition which will go through a series of stages as it develops. Often suggests a condition will not improve.

PICU - Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
SALT - Speech and Language Therapy
SEN - Special Educational Needs
SENCO - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is a teacher within a school who is responsible for co-ordinating help for children with special educational needs.
SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulties. Can sometimes refer to speech and language difficulties too
SPLD - Specific Learning Difficulty, for example dyslexia or dyspraxia
SW - Social Worker
TAC - Team Around The Child
TAF – Team Around The Family
VI - Visually Impaired