In graduate school one of my favorite professors always emphasized, “A thorough assessment leads to strong goal writing. No task is more important than the goal. Write a strong goal and the activity will fall into place”.
I try my best to keep this in mind each day.
Unless I come in early or stay late to work off of the clock, I rarely have the amount of time I’d like to for planning therapy sessions.
Here are some quick considerations I try to make when pressed for time, both before and after a session, to help with data collection and review of performance.
SOME CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE THERAPY SESSION:
Short Term Goal (STG):______________________________
Proposed Therapy Task to Meet STG: ______________________________
Goal of Proposed Therapy Task: ______________________________
Short Term Goal (STG):
Utilize trained memory strategies to improve recall of novel information (visual/verbal) after a short delay (2-5 mins).
Proposed Therapy Task to Meet STG:
Read patient a personally relevant 7 digit phone number (favorite take-out restaurant, sister’s home phone, etc.). Utilize trained memory strategies. Alternate attention to silent reading of a newspaper article during forced delay. When timer goes off – patient is to recall phone number.
Have patient then perform self-evaluation
-Was information recalled? Why or why not?
– How can he/she be more successful in the future?
– Were strategies effective or not? What can we change?
– Is this task functional? How can we make it more personally relevant?
Goal of Proposed Therapy Task:
Use memory strategies of (1) writing new down new information and (2) auditory rehearsal 3x per stimulus to improve attention to and recall of of verbally presented stimuli after a 3 min delay and with visual distraction