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The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism is
for you if…

Goal Writing
For Autistic Students

In this course, Autistic SLP Rachel Dorsey teaches you how to set your therapy on the right track with strengths-based goals and a neurodiversity-affirming approach. This comprehensive guide will allow you to tackle goal setting with confidence and enthusiasm so that you can make a greater impact on your autistic students’ lives. This course is 10.5 contact hours, including over 7 recorded hours and approximately 3.5 hours of guided self-paced work to truly hone your goal writing skills. 

Continuing Education
from Learn Play Thrive

When you set the right goals,
your clients will flourish

MODULE 1: Goal Writing in the Schools (21 minutes)

We’ll tackle the things you need to know about goals, accommodations, modifications, and Common Core Standards for disabled students. And we’ll tackle real life issues every school based therapist faces, like getting a new student on your caseload the day before their IEP.

Right from the start, we’ll help you apply the course concepts to the messy, less-than-ideal, real life situations you face as a school therapist. Because those students deserve the best possible goals too.

MODULE 2: The Neurodiversity Paradigm (51 minutes)

Whether you’re new to neurodiversity or a seasoned advocate, in this module you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your autistic students so that you can truly connect and write goals that help them become their most authentic selves.

Informed by the framework developed by The Foundations for Divergent Minds as well as research, clinical experience, and personal experience as an Autistic SLP, Rachel teaches deeply on the autistic experience, guiding you to move beyond common misconceptions towards a deeper connection to your neurodivergent students’ experiences and needs.

MODULE 3: Traditional vs. Strengths-Based Goals (54 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.

You’ll get easy-to-follow goal writing formulas and handouts that you will practice using throughout this course and take with you into the real world.

MODULES 4 - 11: Case Studies (5 hours 13 minutes of recorded content)

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

About the Case Studies

These case studies range in age from preschool through high school, so you can work through the real-life constraints we all know far too well: IEPs for students you’ve never met, incomplete information, a team with a deficits-based lens, and so much more. Even if you don’t work in a school setting, you’ll find much of this content relevant to your own goal writing process. 

What to Expect (Approximately 3.5 hours of guided independent work)

During each case study, you’ll read through reports and try your hand at using Rachel’s process. Then she’ll guide you through her own clinical reasoning. By module 11, you’ll feel confident in tackling goal writing on your own using the course concepts, the processes you’ve practiced alongside Rachel, easy-to-use handouts, and your own newly minted neurodiversity-aligned reasoning.

This course is
comprehensive and

It’s time to ditch the old, worn-out IEP goals. In this course, through paradigm-shifting lectures and eight true-to-life case studies, you’ll learn a concrete process that will allow you to identify your clients’ true needs. You’ll walk away fully prepared to generate goals that will help your students thrive at school as their most authentic selves. And you’ll also have the language, reasoning, and research to get your team on board with you for a neurodiversity-affirming approach.


$389 for over 7 recorded hours packed full of actionable content and 10.5 continuing education contact hours. We also offer payment breakdown to 3 payments of $130. 


This course is entirely self-paced. If you grab the special offer, you’ll have access for 12 months (rather than the standard 6 months) to complete on your own time.

Continuing Education

This course is registered for 1.05 AOTA & 1.05 ASHA CEUs (10.5 contact hours).


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

Goal Writing for Autistic Students is
for you if…

You are an SLP or OT working with autistic students in the schools or preschools

You want a concrete process to help you write truly strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming goals

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

You’re tired of bureaucratic barriers, like writing goals for students who you didn’t evaluate, and you want to be an effective goal writer no matter the circumstance

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)

Jess Miles

Occupational Therapist

Please note: disclosure statements are contained in the Bio page for each speaker. Click on "READ BIO" above to review the disclosures.

Writing strengths-based goals will foster your
students' self-determination.

– Rachel Dorsey, Autistic SLP

Full Course Objectives

Analyze Autistic students’ Individualized Education Plans, evaluation reports, and progress reports using at least six qualities unique to Autistic students.

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 the six client consideration themes to determine client-specific strengths and areas of needed support.

Apply the five main themes of goal writing to generate targeted skills for Autistic clients.

Apply the four steps of the goal writing facilitation process to create client-specific, demonstrable, and measurable goals that incorporate a client’s accommodations and modifications per their Individualized Education Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is developed for occupational therapists and speech therapists who write goals for autistic students in the preschool or school setting. While the case studies span from preschool through high school and focus on the school IEP context, early intervention or clinic providers may still find the course concepts useful and relevant to their settings. This course does not focus on handwriting goals for OTs, but will help you branch out into other areas. This is not a course designed for parents. This course is targeted at the intermediate level.

The concepts in this course are useful for any population. The case studies span from preschool through high school.

This course includes video lectures, slides, and handouts. In each of the case studies, you’ll have the opportunity to practice applying the skills and processes learned in the course. 

This course is registered for 1.05 AOTA CEUs and 1.05 ASHA CEUs.

Yes! The course is self-paced and you have six months to complete it on your own time.

Yes! If 3 or more people from your company plan to enroll email me the names of everyone enrolling at and I’ll provide a coupon code. It’s 15% for 3 registrants, 20% off for 4 or more, and 30% off for 7 or more.

We offer full scholarships to therapists from under-resourced countries.

In order to get a certificate of completion, you must watch all of the video modules, complete the activities within the modules, and pass a quiz at the end of the course with 80% accuracy. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. Only learners who complete the course and the quiz will receive a certificate.

You will have 6 months access to the course.

Full refunds are provided within 30 days of purchase if no more than 3 modules have been completed. Email to request a refund. Since this is a self-paced course, there is no option to cancel once the 30 day / 3 module limit has been exceeded. If for any reason the course is canceled by the provider before your registration period has expired, you will receive a full refund.

All videos used in this presentation have closed captions. If you need additional accommodation, please email prior to your training date. Accommodations will be made to support all learners in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. 

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Goal Writing for Autistic Students is Truly Transformative

Group Discounts

We are happy to offer a discount for your group! Email your list of participants to to receive a coupon code.

• 3 participants: 15% off
• 4+ participants: 20% off
• 7+ participants: 30% off
• 50+ participants: please inquire

Process Handouts

Goal writing can be tough. But in this course, we've got you covered. You'll learn a concrete process, practice using it in complex and diverse case studies, and get simple-to-use yet transformative handouts to support you in bringing this process to your real goal-writing work.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We think you’ll love it. But take 30 days to complete up to three modules. If it’s not what you’d hoped, you get your money back.

Autistic Instructor

Did you ever sit at your desk and wish a true expert would just sit down next to you and help you wade through reports? That's what happens in this course. You'll want to learn from Rachel because autistic adults are the real experts on autism. And Rachel's expertise, experience, and skill is unmatched.

Confidence & Clarity

Maybe you've heard that social skills goals are problematic, but everyone wants you to write them. Or perhaps you know that eye contact is uncomfortable for your autistic students, but your team uses Whole Body Listening. Or maybe you're just sick of being the handwriting teacher. What do you do!? Rachel has you covered. After working through eight real, messy, complicated case studies, you'll gain the confidence and clarity to approach your work differently than ever before.

Continuing Education Credit

Receive 10.5 contact hours of continuing education credit through a self-paced online course that you can revisit again and again to feel totally confident in your ability to synthesize and apply the new strategies.

Writing the same, boring goals keeps you locked into the same uninspired therapy practice.

But with Goal Writing for Autistic Students, you will learn to confidently write strengths-based goals that help your autistic students truly thrive

Neuroclastic endorsement

This course will be available for ASHA CEUs from September 30th, 2021 until September 29th, 2026 at which point Learn Play Thrive will apply for re-registration.
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 9/20/2021.