I'm just wondering, because back in RI everyone calls them "sped." It was no big deal, and had no negative connotation at all. However, here in NC, we call the "EC," for Exceptional Child(ren?). I've slipped a few times, and called a child "sped." Eeeek! Around here it's like calling someone a negro...you just don't say it. Oooops I feel terrible every time I slip.