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The Family Goal Setting Tool (FGST)

For therapists, teachers, social workers and other specialists working with families with young children, the FGST is a card sort to scaffold the identification, communication and prioritisation of each families goals. It encompasses child-focussed goals and the family need for information, support and the opportunity for active participation in the community.

There are two versions available: The FGST (from families with children with disabilities) and the FGST: ASD Version.

The FGST (Disability Version) consists of a pack of 80 illustrated goal cards divided into nine categories:

  • Communication
  • Social Participation
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play and Learning
  • Self-care
  • Motor Skills
  • Community Access & Participation
  • Information
  • Support.

The FGST: ASD Version consists of a pack of 68 illustrated goal cards divided into eight categories including:

  • Communication
  • Social Participation
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play and Learning
  • Self-care
  • Community Access & Participation
  • Information
  • Support.

Both versions of the FGST contain the goal cards, three sorting base plates, a Something Else Card, User Manual, Check Sheet and master copies of a Goal Record Sheet and My Priority Goals form designed to be copied.

Both tools are suitable for use by therapists, teachers, social workers and other specialists working in inter/transdisciplinary teams. It is also suitable for sole practitioners and planners/case managers who wish to have a holistic understanding of the child and family’s needs and priorities.

Please click on the images following to download a flyer for each version of the FGST.


The FGST was developed within Autism Queensland and piloted in six of its early intervention teams.

The FGSTs are ‘Aspirations Self-Determination’ Publications. For information about the other publication in this series, The Adolescent/Adult Goal Setting Tool (AAGST), click here.


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