Goal directed training

Goal Directed Training (GDT) is an activity-based approach to therapy (Hoare and Imms, 2010). Families and children (if age appropriate) are interviewed in the initial session to identify areas of difficulty in the performance of daily tasks. Areas of difficulty are then prioritized enabling the child and family to prioritize the most important issue for them to improve performance. Daily tasks may include dressing, using cutlery, sports, drawing, writing, cutting and pasting etc. The duration of the program is dependent upon goal achievement. Treatment sessions will be individualised, centre-based, of 60 minutes duration and at a minimum frequency of once weekly. Children and families are required to implement a home-based program for the duration of the program.


Hoare, B. J., & Imms, C. (2010). Goal-directed training of activity performance. In K. J. Dodd, C. Imms, & N. F. Taylor (Eds.), Physical and Occupational Therapy for People with Cerebral Palsy A Problem-Based Approach to Assessment and Management (1st ed., pp. 130–146). London.