Expectations of Goal Achievement

As school-based therapists, teachers, and parents do you communicate effectively the expectations of goal achievement? 

Expectations of Goal Achievement

As school-based therapists, teachers, and parents do you communicate effectively the expectations of goal achievement?  This is a difficult skill to master and consistently apply to all students.  Writing the goal is only the basic starting point for the overall outcome.  There are many steps that need to take place before you begin learning the new skills to help the student achieve the goal.

One of the most important steps is to make sure everyone is on the “same page” when it comes to the goal.  Does everyone have the same expectations when it comes to goal achievement?

Worksheet to help you review the expectations of goal achievement

At the bottom of the post, you can download your FREE copy of the worksheet to help you review the expectations of goal achievement.  It leads you through a series of questions to determine if everyone is on the “same page”.

Start off by writing down the overall goal.  Make sure that there are open lines of communication by asking the following questions:

COMMUNICATION

Do you know specifically what you expect the student to accomplish towards the goal? Be specific.
Does the student understand the goal or expectation?
Does the student agree with the goal or expectation?
Does the student understand the procedures, routines and/or behavioral expectations?

REVIEW GOAL

Is the goal challenging but achievable?

REVIEW CURRENT SKILL SET

Has the student been provided with previous learning opportunities to prepare to reach the overall goal?

REMINDER: As you progress toward goal achievement, remind students that effective effort is the key to reach your goals.

If you practice establishing the expectations of goal achievement before EVERY new goal, you may find that students will achieve those goals at a faster pace.

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Reference: Saphier, J., Gower, R. R., & Haley-Speca, M. A. (2008). The skillful teacher: Building your teaching skills (p. 544). Acton, MA: Research for Better Teaching.

Need to improve your communication skills with all team members?

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School and Home Communication Forms for Therapists

Summary: Therapists, school staff, and parents are all so busy it can be hard to communicate. This collection of forms will save you loads of time. Therapists can review schedules, report on daily or weekly progress, track behavior, review IEP goals, track communication and more. It is suitable for all school-based therapists. Parents can request the therapist to complete daily or weekly updates especially beneficial for non-verbal children.

There are 21 forms including:

Therapy Schedule
Therapy Update 1
Therapy Update 2
Therapy Notes
Behavior Form
Teacher Communication Log
Parent/Guardian Communication Log
Weekly Log
Daily Log
Great News
Letter of Concern
Getting to Know You
Pre-IEP Input
Goal Review with Student
Goal Review for Teachers
Goal Review for Parent/Guardian
Therapy Lesson Plan
Communication Checklist
Therapy Survey for Kids
Therapy Satisfaction Survey for Parents/Guardians
Therapy Satisfaction Survey for Teachers

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As school-based therapists, teachers, and parents do you communicate effectively the expectations of goal achievement?