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30 Jan 2014, 1:03 pm

I'm trying to read on Asperger's and better parenting. There seems to be some acronyms that I can figure out. Is there a post or somewhere to go to learn them. It is difficult to follow some posts with out trying to figure out what all the acronyms mean. I get side tracked :) Any help is greatly appreciated.

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30 Jan 2014, 1:10 pm

http://kildall.apana.org.au/autism/abbreviations.html


Here's a list of some.


I've been reading these forums for years and I still don't get a lot of the acronyms. Last week I learned "PUA" means "pick up artist" and today I learned "MRA" is "A bunch of whiny pedantic morons that think there is some vast Illuminati feminist conspiracy while seemingly ignoring the fact that their own gender runs the majority of the world."


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30 Jan 2014, 1:16 pm

Autinger wrote:
http://kildall.apana.org.au/autism/abbreviations.html


Here's a list of some.


Kewl - I've never seen that list before. Thanks for posting that. :D



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30 Jan 2014, 1:24 pm

Wow that is a crap ton of acronyms. Thanks. That should help a lot!



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30 Jan 2014, 1:54 pm

Hmm... Maybe I'll have to RFUSMAWOE
(Refrain From Using So Many Acronyms Without Explanation)



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30 Jan 2014, 3:14 pm

Quote:
http://kildall.apana.org.au/autism/abbreviations.html


^That list covers pretty much everything you need to know (and then some), but I'll boil it down to the ones that seem to crop up the most on here:

ABA- applied behavior analysis
ADD/ADHD- attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder
APD- auditory processing disorder
AS- Asperger's syndrome/autism spectrum (I've seen it be used more frequently for Apergers,though)
ASD- autism spectrum disorder
ASPIE- a person with Asperger's, but you'll rarely (if ever) see that capitalized
AUTIE- a person with autism, same deal as above
BP- bipolar
DSM-IV- Diagnostic Statistical Manual, edition 4 (though I think it has since been updated to edition 5?)
DX- diagnosis
HFA- high-functioning autism
LD- learning disability
LLD- language-based learning disability
NOS- not otherwise specified
NT- neurologically typical (usually shortened to "neurotypical")
OCD- obsessive compulsive disorder
PDD- pervasive developmental disorder
PTSD- post-traumatic stress disorder
SID- sensory integration disorder
SSRI- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (a class of antidepressants)
TS- Tourette's syndrome
YO- year old (e.g., 25 y/o)

But then again, that's just my experience on the boards I hang out on (mostly the adult ones). What you'll see on some of the others might be a little different....

Either way, I hope I helped :)


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30 Jan 2014, 4:00 pm

Just a couple of 2 cents to add --

An important one is a combination of 3 of the acronyms above:
PDD-NOS
or
PDD(nos)
or
PDD(NOS)
(i'm not sure which is more "proper")

It is a form of ASD that has some things in common to Aspergers, except there is a significant language/speech delay during the younger years. It is one that can be confused with classic Autism sometimes -- though they would be lacking in some of the traits that a full-fledged Autie would have.

It also is confusing because some doctors will say, well we can rule out Autism because of X,Y, and Z ... but that doctor may not know about PDD(nos) so they just get told to go home and relax, instead of being given the help they need.



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30 Jan 2014, 4:21 pm

A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. == "Abbreviated Coded Rendition Of Name Yielding Meaning"

A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S. == "Absurdly Contrived Representations Of Names Yielding Mass Stupefication"

D.E.N.I.A.L. == "Don't Even Notice I Am Lying"

D.I.M.W.I.T. == "Don't Interrupt Me While I'm Talking"

F.I.N.E. == "Feeling Insecure, Neurotic (and) Emotional" or "Feelings Inside Not Expressed"

J.O.B. == "Just Over Broke"

S.T.E.M. == "Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics" (as opposed to Liberal Arts / Fast Food)



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30 Jan 2014, 4:35 pm

I'm not a grammar Nazi by any means. But I thought some of this crowd might find this interesting at least.

Basically, many of what we call "acronyms" are actually initialisms.
http://data.grammarbook.com/blog/abbrev ... revisited/



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30 Jan 2014, 4:37 pm

We keep getting threads by newbies wanting acronyms explained. We really should sticky one of them so the newbies can find it more easily.



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30 Jan 2014, 4:51 pm

Ettina wrote:
We keep getting threads by newbies wanting acronyms explained. We really should sticky one of them so the newbies can find it more easily.


... and a sticky listing where all the stickies are and erm... a sticky to remind newbies to look at the stickies.

Even topics that are in stickies are asked about again all the time anyway; stickies just tend to clutter up the screen and get in the way because 99.99% of the time members just want to scroll past them to get to the live threads below.


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30 Jan 2014, 6:34 pm

jly88,
some of those depend on the country a person is in,for example, LD in america is refering to specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia,whereas LD in the UK is refering to the low functioning spectrum-what america calls intelectual disability.

auties has always been a slang term used to refer to those of us with classic autism ,however in very recent years some of the aspie community have also adopted it.

AS can also be called AD [aspergers disorder] in some countries,but AD also refers to classic autism/autistic disorder, as per current ICD and the last DSM.

other ones woud add woud be like-
autist; just another slang term to refer to the self as an autistic.
PMLD; profound and multiple learning disability,which affects some autists, profound difficulties affecting them in all manner of ways-educational,speech,language,motor, sensory etc.
lD; learning difficulties, specific impairments that dont affect a persons whole functioning,used in the UK.
SLD; severe learning disability; from a UK view this means we have significant functioning
difficulties,cannot survive without support and live in full time care of some form.
MLD; moderate learning disability,from a UK view this means people with it function with difficulty if not supported.
SpLD; this is more of an american term,refering to specific learning difficulties that are not related to IQ/functioning difficulty such as dyslexia,in the UK these are called learning difficulties not learning disabilities.
ID; intelectual disability, AKA americas' definition of the UKs LD.
SS; social services.
ICD;international classification of diseases, the manual that is mostly used by european specialists to diagnose various disorders.
NAS; national autistic society.
disability; any type of impairment that significantly affects part,most or all of a persons life for one year or more.
SEN; special educational needs.
EBD; emotional & behavioral difficulties.
challenging behavior; negative behaviors [such as copraphagia and smearing,head banging,screaming, biting, pinching, forcing themselves to get sick,abusing someone to cause distress,spitting at someone etc] that present a challenge for other people.
SI; can refer to speech impaired and self injury,both common amongst those of us on the spectrum.
PECS; picture exchange communication system,communicating with laminated card symbols symbols- created by pyramid education, although most of us who use them or people who support us refer to all symbols as PECS.
AAC; augmentative & alternative communication, the use of alternative non traditional communication forms whether it be hi tech such as a hand held device or sign language or PECS.
echolalia; echoing other peoples words or phrases,or copying sounds.
palilalia; echoing ones own words.