GAS (Goal Attainment Scaling) to Measure and Document Progress

Education Resources, Inc. faculty Suzanne Davis Bombria, PT, C/NDT and Kate Bain OT, C/NDT have conducted the first half of an exciting research project entitled “Moving and Doing-Functional Outcomes of Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)- A Multi-Modal, Goal Focused Intervention to Promote the Performance of Daily Living Tasks by Children with Cerebral Palsy and other neuromotor disorders-A Randomized controlled Trial.”

Fifteen families and children between the ages of 12 months and 18 years participated in this pilot study. Advanced level NDTA therapists treated the children individually in an ‘intensive treatment’ period twice a day for 6 days. Within a child friendly, clinic based protocol focused on the child achieving their personal goals; they utilized “Goal Attainment Scaling”. The children were filmed to allow for blind ratings from randomized filmed data from pre, post and follow up time periods. The focus was on goal based posture & movement changes (as described in their GAS scales) from pre to post testing. Families were also interviewed. Goal attainment Scaling (GAS) is a methodology that shows promise for application to measuring and documenting progress, intervention effectiveness, research and program evaluation.

This initial research attempts to operationalize a definition of NDT treatment in order to establish treatment fidelity. It is hoped to serve as a model for analyzing NDT treatment’s efficacy in the future.

Part 2 of this research is scheduled for early in 2017.

Davis and Bain are presenting on the Goal Attainment Scale in Houston, TX and Mountainside, NJ in March. 

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