Glossary of Terms
Asperger syndrome - developmental disability that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others.
board certified behavior analyst - behavior analyst certified through the Behavior Analysts Certification Board.
childhood disintegrative disorder - developmental disability in which children develop normally until ages 2 to 4, but then demonstrate a severe loss of social, communication and other skills.
Department of Defense Education Activity - a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the mission to plan, direct, coordinate and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense.
emotional/behavior disorder - disability category under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in which a child's emotional functioning significantly impairs the ability to learn. See Emotional Disturbance.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - federal law that requires public school districts to identify children with disabilities and provide them with a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission - created to address education transition issues faced by military families when they are reassigned so they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children.
OCONUS Directory of Special Needs - provides information about the level of special education services available in overseas military communities.
pervasive developmental disorder - categorical term that encompasses several developmental disorders, such as autism or Asperger syndrome, characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication or by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors.
Rett syndrome - rare genetic disorder that affects the way the brain develops, occurs almost exclusively in girls.
special education - instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.
TRICARE - health care program serving active duty service members, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, families and survivors worldwide.