Jargon Buster

We have borrowed this useful jargon buster from The Hartlepool Directory - Guide to Services

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

CAMHS  - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAF  - Common Assessment Framework

CAF Directory  - Contact a Family Directory, gives information about Health Disabling Conditions and Syndromes. It also provides Information about support groups available

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.

EBD  - Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EBSD  - Emotional, Behavioural and Social

ENT -  Ear, nose and throat

EDT  - Emergency Duty Team

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

GP  - General Practitioner or family doctor

HI  - Hearing Impairment

HIP  - Hartlepool Intervention Project, a Voluntary programme aimed at Children and Young People aged 5-16 years, who have been identified as being ‘at risk’ of anti-social behaviour, offending  behaviour or social exclusion.




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

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

PATCH  - Parent & Toddler Care in Hartlepool

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

VI  - Visually Impaired 



If you come across any other pieces of jargon that we should include here, please let us know.