Goal Directed Training (GDT) is Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s therapy approach to improving daily life independence and overall functional performance. It is activity-based, where the individual chooses a goal that is important and meaningful to them. They then learn and practice the movements needed to successfully achieve that goal:
GDT is more than about achieving goals – it is about supporting children and adults to do everyday activities alongside their peers and build on their feelings of inclusion and community.
Goal Directed Training uses an active training-based approach and can be delivered over several weeks or months. This will depend on your goals and abilities.
Our multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and exercise physiologists will work with you to set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) goals. For GDT to be successful, it is important that:
Specific feedback and environmental or task adaptations are provided to help the person achieve the best way to do the task themselves.
Part 1: Choose a goal (what to work towards)
Part 2: Assessment (understand what the child can do)
Part 3: Intervention (practice the task to get better at it)
Part 4: Evaluation (measure what has changed)
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