Here is a useful guide to the many acronyms used in SEND documentation:

ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder


ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


ASC: Autism Spectrum Condition


CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services


CCG: Clinical Commissioning Groups


EHC: Education, Health & Care


EHCP: Education, Health & Care Plan


EP: Educational Psychologist


EWO: Education Welfare Officer


EYFS: Early Years Foundation Stage


HCP: Health Care Plan


HI: Hearing Impairment


KS1: Key Stage 1 (Children aged 5-7)


LA: Local Authority


MLD: Moderate Learning Difficulty


MSI: Multi-Sensory Impairment


OT: Occupational Therapy/Therapist


PD: Physical Disability


PMLD: Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties


PR: Parental Responsibility


PT: Physiotherapy/Physiotherapist


SALT/SLT: Speech & Language Therapy/Therapist


SEN: Special Educational Needs


SENAAT: Special Educational Needs Assessment and Advice Team


SEND: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


SENDCo: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (also known as ‘Inclusion Leader)


SLCN: Speech, Language & Communication Needs


SLD: Severe Learning Difficulties


SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties


TA: Teaching Assistant


VI: Visual Impairment