A Crash Course In
Neurodiversity-Affirming Goal Writing 

In this live 2.5 hour training on June 12th 3PM ET, 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. 

You just missed the live course, but you can grab the replay!

Continuing Education
from Learn Play Thrive

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

MODULE 1: Neurodiversity & Autism Overview (15 minutes)

In this module you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the neurodiversity paradigm and your autistic clients so that you can truly connect with your clients and write goals that help them become their most authentic selves.

MODULE 2: Strengths-Based vs. Traditional 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, we tackle why and how the old model harms neurodivergent learners, and how strengths-based goal writing can help our clients to truly thrive.

MODULE 3: Case Studies (1.5 hours)

With Rachel as your guide, you’ll apply the course concepts to true-to-life case studies to identify a client’s strengths, their challenges, the need for accommodations or modifications, and the targeted skills for your goals. 

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 LIVE training. If you are unable to attend live, please wait to register until we have the recorded replay for sale and registered for CEUs.

Continuing Education

This course is registered for .25 AOTA CEUs and .25 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 taught via live lecture and a participatory process of goal writing using several case studies. 

This course is available for .25 ASHA CEUs and .25 AOTA 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.

Yes. We plan to offer a recorded replay of this live training at a later date. However if you know you cannot attend live, we advise you to wait to register until the replay is available and registered for CEUs. 

You must sign in and sign out of your personal Zoom link within 5 minutes of the beginning and end of the training. After completing the quiz in the course in Thinkific with a satisfactory score, 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 in Thinkific’s web-based course platform. You can find the system requirements for Thinkific at this link.

Why enroll today?

Continuing Education Credit

Receive 2.5 hours of continuing education credit through a live 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 June 12th, 2022 through June 30th, 2022.
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.