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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.

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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