SDC- Disturbed” Is a disorder showing one or

SDC- stands
for Special Day Class

Classes are
available for those that require more assistance beyond regular school programs
or Resource Specialist Programs. Students are registered for these
classes for most of the school day and put together according to similar
instructional needs.

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NSH- stands
for Non-Severely Handicapped

NSH includes
students with any disability that is a mild to moderate degree


stands for “Special Day Class”

SH- stands
for “Severely Handicapped”

Severely handicapped students comprise
of those who are hard of hearing, deaf, have visual deficiency, orthopedic
impairment, emotional disturbance, autism, below average logical functioning,
mental retardation or many disabilities.


SDC- stands for “Special Day Class”

ED- stands
for “Emotionally Disturbed”

Is a disorder showing one or more of the following features over a long
period of time and to a marked degree that unfortunately disturbs a child’s
educational performance such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, behavior
disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychotic

NSH- stands for “Non-Severely Handicapped”


SDC-A “stands
for Special Day Class”


RSP- stands
for “Resource Specialist Program”

An RSP may be set up so that teachers
or resource specialists work with students in their core classrooms.

FAPE- stands
for “Free Appropriate Public Education”

Education for children with
disabilities provided in the least restrictive environment, and at public
expense, under open supervision, and without charge, through an IEP


LRE- stands
for “Least Restrictive Environment”

A student who has a disability must have the
chance to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the highest degree


IEP- stands
for “Individualized Educational Program” The document, developed at an
IEP meeting that defines the child’s special education program. It sets the
standard by which special education services are decided fitting for a child
with a disability.


ITP- stands
for “Individualized Division Plan”

It is a
section of the IEP that outlines transition goals and services for the student
with disability.


SAI- stands
for “Specialized Academic Instruction”

It is the key service provided to students who
qualify for special education.  It is more
focused, goal driven, targeted teaching addressing a lack in the students’
academics, behavior, or education environment. 


DNQ- stands
for “Does Not Qualify”

Basically means students does not meet
the criteria

SBAC- stands for “Smarter Balanced
Assessment System

It offers
precise measures of achievement and development while challenging students to
think critically and solve real-world issues. 

stands for “California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress”

It has replaced
the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program. It is the new state
academic testing program. CAASPP is a system proposed to offer information that
can be used to monitor student improvement and verify that all students leave
high school ready for college and career 


As an
educator in the field of special education you need to be familiar with the
definitions of disability categories.  Visit the Government site for eCFR
(Electronic Code of Federal Regulations) and go to §300.8 under Title 34. Under
“Child with a Disability” you will find the Federal definitions for 13
categories of services in special education defined under P.L. 94-142
(1975).  Copy the definitions and keep it for your reference. Then highlight
the key phrases of each definition which identifies characteristics of the
disability for the following mild disabilities. Copy and paste your answer in
“Submission Box”

a.       Specific Learning Disabilities

It is a disorder in one ore
more of the basic mental processes that involve the understanding or use
of language, written or spoken, which can become apparent revealing
their flawed ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or
solving math calculations. Conditions may also include perceptual disabilities,
brain injury, minor brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental

b.      Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disabilities)

Means considerably below average overall
intellectual functioning, existing simultaneously with insufficiencies
in adaptive behavior and displayed during the developmental period,
which unfortunately disrupts a child’s educational performance.

c.       Speech & Language Impairments

Means a communication disorder, such as
stammering, compromised pronunciation, a language deficiency, or a voice
deficiency, that unfortunately disrupts a child’s educational

d.      Emotional Disturbance

Means a condition
showing one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time
and to a noticeable degree that unfortunately disrupts a child’s educational

-lack of
ability to learn that cannot be clarified by logical, sensory, or health

-lack of
ability to form or retain reasonable social relationships with peers and

forms of behavior or moods under normal situations.

-A general
persistent mood of sorrow or depression.

of developing physical symptoms or fears related with personal or school issues