To provide Speech-Language Pathologists with a support tool, we created a list of acronyms and abbreviations related to SLP. While not exhaustive, this list is a great reference for understanding many common Speech Therapy acronyms.

Common Speech-Language Pathology Acronyms


ACC- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis
AOS – Apraxia of Speech
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASHA – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
AWM – Auditory Working Memory


C – Consonant
CAS – Childhood Apraxia of Speech
CI – Cochlear Implant
CP – Cerebral Palsy
CPSE – Committee on Preschool Special Education
CR – Cluster Reduction
CVI – Cortical Visual Impairment


DBP – Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician/Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
dB HL – decibels hearing level
DDK – Diadochokinesis
DEAP – Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology
DF – Distinctive Features
DOE – Department of Education
DTTC – Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing


EBP – Evidence-Based Practice
E3BP – Evidence Based Practice
EI – Early Intervention
ENT – Ear Nose Throat
EMR – Speech-Language Pathology EMR (Electronic Medical Record)


FCD – Final Consonant Deletion
FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education


GP – Generative Phonology


HAPP-3 – Hodson Assessment of Phonological Patterns, 3rd Ed


IALP – International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
ICD – Initial Consonant Deletion
ICF – International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
ICF-CY – International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – Children and Youth
IEP – Individualized Education Program
IPA – International Phonetic Alphabet
IPA – International Phonetic Association


LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
LSHSS – Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools


MIT – Melodic Intonation Therapy


NS-OME – Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises
NS-OMT – Non-Speech Oral Motor Treatments


OMA – Oral Musculature Assessment
OME – Otitis Media with Effusion
OME – Oral Musculature Examination
OT – Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy
OTA – Occupational Therapy Assistant


PA – Phonological Awareness
PACS – Phonological Assessment of Child Speech
PACT – Parents and Children Together
PCC – Percentage of Consonants Correct
PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System
PCP – Primary Care Physician
PROMPT – Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
PVC – Percentage of Vowels Correct
PVM – Place Voice Manner


SAMPA – Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet
sCAS – suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech
SEIT – Special Education Itinerant Teacher
SETT Framework – Student, Environments, Tasks, & Tools
SGD – Speech-Generating Device
SLA – Speech-Language Assistant
SLI – Specific Language Impairment
SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist/Speech-Language Pathology
SLT – Speech-Language Therapy / Therapist
SODA – Substitutions Omissions Distortions Additions
SPE – The Sound Patterns of English
SSD – Speech Sound Disorder(s)
SSP – Sonority Sequencing Principle
SW – Social Worker/Social Work


TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury
TD – Typical Development
Tx – Treatment
Tx – Therapy


V – Vowel
VCF – Velo-cardiofacial syndrome
VPI – Velopharyngeal insufficiency


WNL – Within Normal Limits
WSD – Weak Syllable Deletion

If we missed any common speech therapy acronyms, let us know. Leave a comment below.

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