The Adolescent/Adult Goal Setting Tool (AAGST) has been designed to enable people on the autism spectrum and other neurodivergent individuals to actively engage in person-centred planning processes.
The AAGST is suitable for:
The tool consists of a pack of 74 goal cards divided into nine categories including:
Development of the Tool
The concept for the AAGST, draft manual, and sorting plates were developed based on the Family Goal Setting Tool: Autism Spectrum Disorder Version (Jones, 2013a). It was developed by three researchers based on their combined clinical experience, a review of the literature and other person-centred planning tools. Many others were involved in the design process – the illustrators of the card images, themselves individuals on the spectrum, the Australia and New Zealand Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) committee members, teachers, and allied health professionals who provided feedback on the clarity, relevance and comprehensiveness of the goals. People on the spectrum and their family members participated in two surveys to evaluate the cards. The final stages of the evaluation involved trials of the AAGST with individuals on the spectrum, interviews with these people and their families, and focus groups conducted with professional staff.
What the AAGST includes
The AAGST contains 74 Goal Cards, Sorting Plates and a Goal Explanation Card, detailed User Manual, Quick-Start Guide and Resource Booklet containing a How to Use Guide with tips, suggested script, and master copies of a Goal Record Sheet, My Priority Goals Form and Planning Sheet. All master copies are designed to be copied. The tool is available for purchase online from the Autism Queensland website.
All proceeds from this sale help Autism Queensland research to develop other effective tools and strategies to assist individuals on the autism spectrum.