Refer your clients to Goal Directed Training therapy 

Evidence-based therapy for cerebral palsy and similar disabilities

What is Goal Directed Training therapy?

Goal directed training (GDT) therapy is an evidence-based intensive therapy for people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities of all ages and GMFCS levels. 

 GDT is used to improve individuals’ everyday independence and overall functional performance. It works very well for:  

  • Gross motor and movement skills 
  • Hand function 
  • Self-care 
  • School and work-based activities 
  • Everyday tasks and activities 
  • Communication 
  • Other goals 

How does it work?

There are usually four parts to GDT. 

  1. Choose a goal – the client chooses a goal that is important and relevant to them. 
  2. Assessment – what can the client do, what are the movements and activities needed to achieve the goal. 
  3. Intervention – the client works together one-on-one with a therapist for about 14-25 hours plus regular practise in real life environments over a set period. 
  4. Evaluation – measure the changes and outcomes. 


Depending on the goal, the client may work with a physiotherapist (PT), exercise physiologist (EP), occupational therapist (OT) or speech pathologist (SP). 

How many hours are needed?

A GDT program happens over several months, studies show that clients need between 14-25 hours plus lots of regular practise for each goal they have. 

NDIS Funded

  • Capacity Building Supports
  • Increased Social and Community Participation
  • Improved Daily Living

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Novak et al. State of the Evidence Traffic Lights 2019: Systematic Review of Interventions for Preventing and Treating Children with Cerebral Palsy. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2020 Feb 21;20(2):3. doi:10.1007/s11910-020-1022-z. PMID: 32086598; PMCID: PMC7035308.

Mastos et al. Goal-directed training: linking theories of treatment to clinical practice for improved functional activities in daily life. Clin Rehabil. 2007 Jan;21(1):47-55. doi: