presented by Teresa Fair-Field
This course is designed to provide standardized training to pediatric occupational therapists using Goal Attainment Scaling to target functional, family-centered objectives in multiple pediatric settings. Participants will be able to construct mental structures (the GAS) that correspond to or match external structures located in the environment (the child’s functional performance).
Teresa began her occupational therapy career at Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR, 1993), continuing her professional education with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) from Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 2016. She has spent the majority of her early career in adult neuro-rehabilitation. Now specializing in pediatric clinical practice and early intervention, Teresa enjoys understanding sensation and behavior from a nervous system perspective. Supporting the parent and family to appreciate the importance of sensory processing, self-regulation, and sleep on a child’s daily life and routines is her most important work. She has completed professional education in feeding and oral motor development, sensory processing, clinical education, and management/leadership. She enjoys teaching and mentoring at all levels, and enjoys communicating the value in occupational therapy on the clinical and family team. She has provided consultation and panel expertise to MedBridge Education since 2016.
Why don’t assessment tools also measure progress? This chapter will discuss common standardized assessment tools in use by pediatric occupational therapists, and the limitations of these same measures in assessing clinical progress.
This chapter will outline Goal Attainment Scaling in the academic literature and establish the evidence-based value of GAS in clinical use.
By assessing the needs and considerations in educating the team, we’ll demonstrate how to make a Goal Attainment Scale and assess the learner’s target objectives. Functional clinical examples and demonstrations will be presented.