Goal Directed Training Therapy

Helping you achieve goals that are important to you

Contact us today to book goal directed training

Do you have a goal that is important to you? A goal that would improve your everyday life or inclusion in activities you want to do with family, friends or peers?

Goal directed training (GDT) is one-on-one activity-based therapy that can help you to achieve your goal in a set timeframe.

GDT is Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s therapy approach to improving independence and overall functional performance. It’s an evidence-based ‘green-light’ intervention, which means research has proven that it is very effective.

GDT works very well for:

  • gross motor and movement skills
  • school and work-based activities
  • self-care
  • everyday tasks and activities
  • communication
  • other goals

What goal do you want to achieve?

Goal directed training is for any age, any GMFCS level and any goal!

Contact us today to book goal directed training

How does it work?

Choose your goal - something you want to be able to do
Work with your therapist on the movements needed to achieve your goal
Practice the goals in real life - lots of repetition within a defined period of time
Measure the outcome - woohoo, have you achieved your goal?!

You choose and set your goal and then work together with your therapist one-on-one for about 14 to 25 hours, depending on your goal. And regular practise at home and/or in the community.

GDT is activity-based therapy. It can be delivered over a short period of time, or several weeks or months, depending on your goals and abilities.

To be successful, it is important that:

  • The goal is important, relevant and useful to you – something you want to be able to do.
  • Movements are generated by you – working with your therapist, you come up with and learn the best way to do the movement that will achieve your goal.
  • Regular practise in real-life settings – lots of repetition and practise in real-life settings and situations within a set period of time.

You will work one-on-one with our team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists or exercise physiologists to set and achieve your goal. Big goals may be broken down in achievable parts and practised until the big goal is achieved.

The importance of practise and teamwork

Research shows that we need to practise a task many times to be capable and confident. It is important that activities related to a goal are practised in everyday real-life settings such as at home, school or out in the community. Therapists will provide coaching for you or your child and family to help practise the task at home.

Contact us today to book goal directed training

Mum Iman

“Yaqoub just keeps reaching his goals. If you’d asked me a year ago before we started therapy what my hopes were for Yaqoub, I’d have said to walk and be an independent child. But he reached those goals so quickly and easily.
“(with support from CPA) I feel more confident, I know what I’m doing, how to communicate with Yaqoub and teach him.”

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Little boy smiling to camera with bubbles around him, his older brother is sitting behind him

Meet Yaqoub - the problem solving toddler reaching goals quickly

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Meet Claire

Claire is a physio who empowers clients to push beyond expectations.