A Crash Course In
Neurodiversity-Affirming Goal Writing 
(recorded replay)

In this recorded replay of a live 2 hour training taught by Autistic SLP Rachel Dorsey, you’ll learn how to write goals that support the authentic participation and well-being of your autistic clients. Following Rachel’s concrete process and true-to-life case studies, you’ll walk away confident that you can write truly strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming goals for every neurodivergent client you encounter. 

This is a short version of our full course, Goal Writing for Autistic Students, and is a recorded version of a previous live training using a participatory process and new case studies. It will be on sale now through INSERT DATE and then registration will close! When you register you’ll have access to the self-paced training for one month.

Continuing Education
from Learn Play Thrive

Learn a neurodiversity-affirming process that will change
your goal writing

MODULE 1: Strengths-Based Goal Writing (45 minutes)

The medical model teaches us to write deficits-driven goals that wreak havoc on the mental health of autistic students. But there’s a better way!

In this module, you’ll learn a framework that will allow you to confidently write goals that area aligned with your deepest values and your desire for your clients’ authentic well-being.

MODULE 2: Case Study 1 (30 minutes)

Clinical practice is complex and can be messy, but the goals we write matter. To help you apply the strengths-based goal writing framework to your actual work, Rachel Dorsey will walk you through a true-to-life case study, teaching you her clinical reasoning step-by-step in a way you can easily apply to your own clients. 

MODULE 3: Case Study 2 (45 minutes​)

We want you to leave this training brimming with confidence and enthusiasm to put your new skills into practice. In this module, Rachel will walk you through a participatory process so that you – together with your coparticipants – can the framework to write strengths-based goals with her supporting you. 

Gain Practical Experience

Through Rachel’s careful scaffolding in this participatory training, you’ll gain practical experience writing neurodiversity-affirming goals that will leave you confident in translating this course into your practice with ease.

Get Game-Changing Resources

To truly bolster your confidence using this new process, you’ll get a practical, essential handout that outlines the strengths-based goal writing process so you can bring new expertise in neurodiversity-affirming goal writing back to your work and your team.

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Learn Play Thrive Continuing Education

Registering for this course will give you access to the recorded replay of the live training. You’ll have access for one month.

Continuing Education

This course is registered for .20 AOTA CEUs and .20 ASHA CEUs


Information about completion requirements, accommodations, and more can be found in the FAQs.

This course is
for you if...

You are an OT or SLP writing goals for autistic kids in any setting, and want to write neurodiversity-affirming goals with confidence and ease

You know your work will be more effective if your goals are truly aligned with your autistic clients' strengths

You are ready to learn first-hand from an autistic SLP because you know that autistic adults are the true experts on autism

Meet your


Rachel Dorsey

Speech Language Pathologist (she/her)

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This is the course I wish I'd taken before I ever wrote a goal for an autistic client.

– Meg Proctor, Founder of Learn Play Thrive

Course Objectives

Neurodiversity-Affirming Goal Writing

Learn how to confidently and clearly understand behaviors and plan interventions based on clients’ strengths.

Analyze pre-existing goals using the seven metrics  of traditional goals to determine why and when traditional goals should be modified to align with strengths-based goal writing.

Apply five themes identified by research on Autistic values to generate goals for Autistic clients/students.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is developed for occupational therapists and speech language pathologists who write goals for their autistic clients. It is also appropriate for teachers and other professionals. This is not a course designed for parents.


This course is targeted at the intermediate level.

This course is appropriate for professionals working with kids from early intervention through adolescence.

This course is pre-recorded videos, including PowerPoint presentations and lecture. This is a replay of a course taught via live lecture and a participatory process of goal writing using several case studies. 

This course is available for .20 AOTA CEUs and .20 ASHA CEUs. It is not approved by any physical therapy associations, but check your state board to see if it meets the requirements.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

You will have 30 days access to complete the training modules and pass the quiz in the course in Thinkific with a satisfactory score, then you will receive your certificate by email. 

No refunds will be issued after you have registered. However you do have the option of transferring your registration to another learner. If the live course is canceled by the instructor, you will be given the option of a full refund or access to a recorded version of the course. If you miss the live training, you will be enrolled in the recorded replay when it is available.

If you have special learning needs, please email meg@learnplaythrive.com before registering. Accomodations will be made to support learners in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.

You can send an email to admin@learnplaythrive.com

Our courses are hosted on Thinkific. You will need one of the two latest versions of a supported browser to access the course. (Note: Internet Explorer is not supported).


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Why enroll today?

Continuing Education Credit

Receive 2 hours of continuing education credit through a self-paced online course that will leave you feeling totally confident in your ability to generate more relevant, effective, strengths-based interventions.

Discount to Goal Writing for Autistic Students

You’ll get a limited time offer for $59 off Rachel Dorsey's full training, Goal Writing for Autistic Students, as this content is also included in module 1 of the longer course.

Build your skills and your confidence with a process truly grounded in neurodiversity-affirming practices.

This course will be available for ASHA CEUs from INSERT DATE through INSERT DATE.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
The recorded materials in this course were last updated on INSERT DATE.