Have you ever noticed how many acronyms exist in the world of speech-language pathology? I never really thought about it until today, while sitting in my motor speech disorders class. In a mere 3 powerpoint slides, we threw around at least 8 acronyms. Insanity. In all honesty, I love abbrevs and acros, assuming I am mildly successful in remember what they mean (that’s abbreviations and acronyms for anyone who hasn’t quite caught on…). Now that I had begun thinking about the somewhat unbelievable rate of acro-usage going on in my department, I decided to keep track of all the ones I heard and/or used during a single day at UW (The University of Washington). Rather than just list them all-which I’ve done at the bottom anyway-I decided to create sentences with them. How many do you know without cheating and looking at the list at the end of the post?
ID is the new MR in the APA literature.
After learning about his Dx, the stressed grad student checked Jimmy’s file for Hx of Sx as well as previous Ax and Tx done in the schools. She also made sure to take note of his current Rx list.
If you’re diagnosed with PD, you might consider LSVT or DBS, since both options have EBP to support them.
ABR is a step in the process of identifying kids who may be candidates for a CI down the road.
SLI can be misdiagnosed in CLD kids who may exhibit a “difference” rather than a “disorder.”
The interdisciplinary clinic staffed a SLP, an OT, a PT, and an ABA specialist to help address the needs of their clients with ASD, who often require specialized Rf schedules and items.
After his TBI, he began seeing a SLT regularly to help him adjust to using an AAC device.
UL UMN damage typically doesn’t cause many speech impairments, since most CN’s receive bilateral UMN input.
MS and ALS are disorders that affect both BL LMNs and BL UMNs (thereby impairing the DAP and IAP).
She wrote her SOAP notes after a session with her client who has CP.
So…how many do you know off the top of your head? It’s amazing to think that we talk in code during so much of the day! I guess speeding up our talking leaves all the more time for paperwork 😉 Below is the list in case you want it for a reference!
PD: Parkinson’s Disease
DBS: deep brain stimulation
LSVT: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
APA: American Psychological Association
MR: Mental retardation (OLD term)
ID: Intellectual disability (NEW term)
CI: Cochlear implant
EBP: Evidence-based practice
CLD: Culturally and linguistically different
SLI: Specific language impairment
SLP: Speech-language pathologist
SLT: Speech-language therapist
OT: Occupational therapist
PT: Physical therapist
ABR: Auditory brainstem response
ABA: Applied behavior analysis
ASD: Autism spectrum disorder
TBI: Traumatic brain injury
UMN: Upper motor neuron
LMN: Lower motor neuron
CN: Cranial nerve
DAP: Direct Activation Pathway
IAP: Indirect Activation Pathway
MS: Multiple Sclerosis
ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
CP: Cerebral palsy
SOAP: Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan
AAC: Augmentative and alternative communication