SPD Foundation Gives Occupational Therapists An Edge With GOAL Workshops

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One study suggests that 1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions (Ben-Sasson, Carter, Briggs-Gowen, 2009). With this information, it’s becoming imperative for schools, childhood intervention specialists, occupational therapists, and pediatric professionals to clearly assess a child for atypical sensory processing.

A child completes the GOAL Assessment

The GOAL is an innovative new evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living for children ages 7 to 17.

One study suggests that 1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions (Ben-Sasson, Carter, Briggs-Gowen, 2009). With this information, it’s becoming imperative for schools, childhood intervention specialists, occupational therapists, and pediatric professionals to clearly assess a child for atypical sensory processing.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is now delivering Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL) workshops across the United States. The GOAL is an innovative new evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living for children ages 7 to 17. In just 45-60 minutes, this assessment identifies children who may have delays in fine and gross motor skills and sets the stage for treatment planning. It can save the therapist time planning a treatment program while more quickly pinpointing areas of focus to help a child make progress.

The GOAL workshop provides step-by-step instruction for administration and scoring each item of the GOAL. The course also offers a structure for using sensory-motor intervention targets for planning and implementing treatment. “The exciting part of going to this workshop is that it develops your assessment interpretation skills,” says GOAL workshop facilitator Dr. Sarah Schoen.

For more information on attending a GOAL workshop, purchasing the GOAL kit or hosting visit: http://www.spdfoundation.net/education/goal/

About SPD Foundation:
The SPD Foundation is a world leader in research, education, and awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition that disrupts the daily lives of many children and adults. Originally called the KID Foundation, SPDF has been providing hope and help to individuals and families living with SPD. Our mission to improve the lives of children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and their families through research, education and increased global awareness. Our Vision: a future in which every child with SPD is identified and treated by age 6.

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