Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR Announced New Standardized Functional Assessment for School-Age Children at AOTA

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Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation’s founder, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller announced a new evaluation, Goal-Oriented Assessment of LifeSkills (GOAL) at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) national conference occurring April 24-28, 2013.

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The GOAL can help determine eligibility for special services and inform planning of occupational and/or physical therapy and adaptive physical education.

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller’s new evaluation, Goal-Oriented Assessment of LifeSkills (GOAL) launched today at the American Occupation Therapy Association’s (AOTA) national conference and expo in San Diego, California according to the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, the world leader in research, education and advocacy of SPD.

GOAL is an innovative new evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living. Designed for children 7 to 17, the GOAL consists of seven activities based on real functional abilities needed in a child's daily life. Since each activity is theoretically linked to intervention targets, the assessment results provide a goal-oriented treatment plan. This standardized instrument offers an accurate measurement of a child's competencies and opportunities for growth in both fine and gross motor abilities.

The GOAL can help determine eligibility for special services and inform planning of occupational and/or physical therapy and adaptive physical education. It is useful in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, hospitals, and private practice. Although ideally suited for occupational therapists, it can be used by other professionals, including psychologists, physical therapists, and other childhood intervention specialists.

In this individually administered assessment, the child performs seven tasks representing a range of functions from building a paper box to carrying a loaded tray while kicking away obstacles. Dr. A. Jean Ayres' sensory integration theory describes many of the key concepts underlying the GOAL activities. This theory proposes that processing of sensory inputs provides a foundation for development of cognitive and motor skills.

The SPD Foundation will be teaching GOAL workshops beginning this fall to demonstrate the assessment, scoring and utilization of the test in therapy planning. To schedule a GOAL workshop or other SPD Foundation workshop for a facility or organization contact info(at)spdfoundation(dot)net or call 303-794-1182. Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL) is available now and can be purchased at

The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)(3), offers educational programs, conducts SPD research, and provides resources for parents worldwide. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, widely recognized as a leader in SPD research worldwide, founded the SPD Foundation in 1979. Since 1994, the SPD Foundation has spearheaded an intense campaign for recognition of SPD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). For more information, visit or call 303-794-1182.

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