Glossary

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Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
General arrest in development.

HFA (High-functioning Autism)
A non-diagnostic term referring to individuals with ASD who have developmentally appropriate adaptive skills; not in reference to severity of ASD or cognitive abilities.

HOH (Hand Over Hand)
Method of demonstrating a skill by taking the student’s hand in your hand and guiding it to perform the skill; relies on teaching through repetition, used often in ABA/IBI as a full prompt.

Hierarchy
Series divided or classified in ranks or orders. Skills taught in order of importance.

Hyperlexia
Ability to read at an early age, but often without linking the words to what they mean.

Hypertonia
Muscle tone that is too high, spasticity (high resistance to being moved, stiffness).

Hypo-
Under-reactive to stimuli.

Hypotonia
Low muscle tone, no resistance, floppy.

IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention)
See ABA

Idiosyncrasy
Structural or behavioural characteristic peculiar to an individual or group; physiological or temperamental peculiarity.

Intervention
Altering or hindering an action or development; used to describe some ASD therapies, treatments, and agency involvement.

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