Functional Goal Writing for Early Childhood SLPs

90-minute self-study course 

Standardized test results are necessary for determining eligibility for therapy services, but they are not useful when it comes to writing therapy goals. This course will provide participants with a framework for developing functional, meaningful goals for young children with speech, language, and social learning challenges. Guidelines for using neurodiversity-informed practices and language when writing goals for autistic children will be an integral part of this training. 

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1.      List the necessary components of a functional goal.

2.      Analyze the effectiveness of speech-language goals and revise them to be more functional.

3.      Describe the importance of using neurodiversity-informed practices when writing goals for neurodivergent children. 

Timed Agenda:

5 minutes:        Introduction

20 minutes:      Components of a functional goal

35 minutes:      S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Reframing S.M.A.R.T. Goals

15 minutes:      Analyzing and revising commonly used speech-language goals

15 minutes:      Writing neurodiversity-informed goals for autistic children

Meet the Speaker

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, product developer, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most—TALK! She specializes in autism, apraxia, and early intervention and believes that collaborating with parents, caregivers, and teachers is the most effective way to support early learning and development. She has an energetic personality, and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. Join Cari as she explores important issues for enhancing the development of young children—you’ll be glad you took the time!


Non-financial Disclosure: Cari has an autistic son and shares personal experiences in her trainings.

Financial Disclosure: Cari is author of the book, The Learning to Learn Program, which she will reference in this training. She receives royalties from all book and product sales on her website. She also benefits financially for presenting this course. 

This course is approved for Individual use only. For groups
interested in purchasing this course please contact [email protected]

Refund Policy

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