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The following chart contains some commonly used acronyms in the child and youth mental health sector. Where possible, a link has been provided to further explain the acroynm, disorder, etc.  Please note that the links provided are external sites and PCMH is not responsible for their content. 


Acronym Meaning and link where applicable
ABA Applied Behaviour Analysis
ABI Acquired Brain Injury
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADM Assistant Deputy Minister (MCYS - Areyh Gitterman)
AO Autism Ontario
AODA Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
AST Area Support Teacher
Ax Anxiety
BDD Body Dysmorphic Disorder
BPD Borderline Personality Disorder
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CAS Children's Aid Society
CCAC Community Care Access Centre
CFSA Child and Family Services Act
CYW Child and Youth Worker
DM Deputy Minister (MCYS)
DSW Developmental Services Worker
Dx Diagnosis
EA Educational Assistant
EQAO Education Quality and Accountability Office
ESL English as a Second Language
ETFO Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario
FASD Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
IBI Intensive Behavioural Intervention
IEP Individual Education Plan
IPRC Identification, Place & Review Committee
ISA Intensive Support Amount
LDAO Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
MCYS Ministry of Child and Youth Services
MOE Ministry of Education
MOHLTC Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
NOS Not Otherwise Specified
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OSR Ontario School Record
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rx Prescription
SEA Special Equipment Amount
SEAC Special Education Advisory Committee
SERT Special Education Resource Teacher
SLP Speech and Language Pathologist







































Didn't Find What you Were Looking For?

If there is an acronym that you would like more information on and you have not found it in the above list, let us know.  We will reply with an explanation and possible resources that may be of further assistance relative to your inquiry, and we will add it to our list to help keep other families informed as well.


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