Practical Implementation of the Goal Attainment Scaling
Sunday, November 11
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center
Developed in the 1960's, goal attainment scaling (GAS) provides a method to objectively measure individual skills and behaviors when standardized testing may not fully inform. Having the ability to objectively score goals for children with disabilities promotes family satisfaction and motivation, supports rehabilitation outcomes and accountability, provides evidence to satisfy payers, and allows for assessment of overall program effectiveness. Goals written in the GAS method objectively measure 1 aspect of the goal, such as how many, assistance level, distance, or duration. The chosen goal aspect is assigned a value across a 5-point scale from -2 to +2. The -2 value represents regression from current level of performance, -1 equals current performance level, 0 indicates expected level of performance, and +2 denotes a much greater level of performance than expected. These raw scores (-2 to +2) can then be converted into z and T-scores individually or collectively and thus, goal attainment scaling can evaluate the effectiveness of an individual goal, group of goals and overall program effectiveness. The purpose of this instructional session will be to provide pediatric physical therapists an overview the GAS and instruction in creating, storing, scoring, and interpreting goals using traditional methods and smart phone applications.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to develop objective goals for children with disabilities using Goal Attainment Scaling.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will know how to measure, score, and interpret goals for children with disabilities using the Goal Attainment Scale.
- Upon completion of this course, the learner will use traditional methods and Smartphone applications to capture goal attainment scaling for children with disabilities.