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Glossary of Education Terms

In navigating the education system, as a parent or autistic student, you will encounter many new terms and acronyms. In this section we have broken them down in one place. This may be a useful page to print and refer to as you interact with the education system

Glossary of Terms Used


AIM – Access and Inclusion Model NCSE – National Council for Special Education
AON – Assessment of Need NEPS – National Education Psychological Service
BOM – Board of Management OT – Occupational Therapist
DES – Department of Education & Skills PSI – Psychological Society of Ireland
EBD – Emotional/Behavioural Disturbance SEN – Special Educational Needs
ECCE – Early Childhood Care and Education SENO – Special Education Needs Organiser
EYP – Early Years Practitioner SET – Special Education Teacher
GLD – General Learning Disability SLD – Specific Learning Disability
GP – General Practitioner SLT – Speech & Language Therapist
HSE – Health Service Executive SNA – Special Needs Assistant
IEP – Individual Education Plan SSLD – Specific Speech & Language Disorder
NBSS – National Behaviour Support Service SSP / F – Student Support Plan / File


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