Holding the cards: empowering families through an ASD family goal setting tool

Jones, Judy, Rodger, Sylvia, Walpole, Anna and Bobir, Natasha (2018) Holding the cards: empowering families through an ASD family goal setting tool. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, . doi:10.1177/0271121418766240

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Author Jones, Judy
Rodger, Sylvia
Walpole, Anna
Bobir, Natasha
Title Holding the cards: empowering families through an ASD family goal setting tool
Journal name Topics in Early Childhood Special Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0271-1214
1538-4845
Publication date 2018-03-01
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0271121418766240
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Collaborative goal setting is recognized as a hallmark of good practice in early intervention (EI). This qualitative study describes mothers’ and practitioners’ perceptions of the utility of the Family Goal Setting Tool: Autism Spectrum Disorder Version (FGST: ASD Version), which supports family identification and prioritization of goals and collaborative engagement in goal setting meetings. Participants included nine mothers and 11 practitioners involved in an autism spectrum disorder–specific EI service in Australia. Participants were interviewed individually or in focus groups, with conversations transcribed verbatim. Inductive content analysis was employed. Four themes emerged with both mothers and practitioners, suggesting the tool facilitated (a) a comprehensive approach, (b) collaboration, (c) goal prioritization, and (d) reduction in stress of goal setting. Practitioners also described the tool as empowering families and enabling family-centered practice. Mothers and practitioners both reported positive impacts of using the FGST: ASD Version and recommended its continued use.
Keyword Autism spectrum disorder
Collaborative goal setting
Early intervention
Family-centered practice
Goal setting tools
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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