Mummy's Alphabet Soup

ASD, ADHD, SALT, SENCO, CAMHS – it's all mixed up into alphabet soup here!

Glossary of Alphabet Soup terms!

ADHD – Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

ANCo – Additional Needs Coordinator (see SENCO)

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (the part of the NHS that deals with conditions in children like ASD, ADHD etc

HF – High Functioning (a child with ASD who may present as almost NT, verbal, fully continent, etc.  Think Sherlock Holmes or Sheldon Cooper)

NT – Neurotypical (the pc way of saying normal! because what is normal?!)

SALT – Speech and Language Therapists (another part of the NHS that deals with not only speech and language disorders but social communication difficulties present in ASD)

SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (alternatively known as ANCo this person will either make your journey through additional needs in education much easier, or can make it hellish!  This is the person in school responsible for addressing any additional needs a child may have and managing the school’s SEN policies)


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