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Goal Attainment Scaling in AAC and Assistive Technology

Session 
9.5a
PR
  • Gary Derwent
  • Helen Paterson
Summary

Outcome measures are increasingly important in AAC. Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS), although controversial, is one proposed means of obtaining outcome measures. This presentation will give a brief overview of GAS as well as update the audience on a project to develop software to assist clinical staff in writing effective goals. The presentation will also provide feedback on the use of GAS for assistive technology by the Compass team at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

Method/Activities/Techniques

Web-based software has been developed to support clinical staff in writing effective and measurable rehabilitation goals. This software has been informally tested, as well as presented for evaluation at conferences such as the UK Stroke Forum. In parallel to developing software, the Compass team have also been developing low-tech means of using GAS with assistive technology. These methods will also be discussed.

Results/Findings

Feedback obtained on the goal-setting web-based software has been positive. Clinical staff find GAS time consuming and difficult and the software has the potential to speed up GAS goal writing and support clinical teams in its use. 

Conclusions

The web-based software is potentially useful to clinical teams. It is hoped and planned that the software will soon be made available on the web to anybody who wishes to use it.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
5
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