Planning for 2017: Setting Goals

18/01/2017 - Published by

Blogger Pip Else – Paediatric OT

17th January 2017


Planning for 2017: Setting Goals

Happy New year

Happy New Year everyone!!

New Year’s resolutions, maybe you could set a family goal or individual goal. It is so important to have goals and aspirations but make sure you grade these goals.



How to write goals – SMART goals


SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting


Make sure the goal has a target and functional outcome for you to work on, for example: to be able to ride a bike, to be able to eat with a knife and fork or to be able to go to a new restaurant.



Try to think of goals that can be scored or measured for example: ‘My child will use a fork 50% of the time during meals’, ‘My child will access a new activity once a day’, or ‘My child will eat at the table 5/7 evening meals per week’



Make sure that the goal can be achieved and that it is set alongside your child’s developmental age, for example: we wouldn’t expect a 2 year old to be able to use a fork for 50% of their meal, as they will still be using their hands and fingers to explore food at this age.

For a child accessing a new restaurant, this would need to be a goal based on them attending one restaurant that they feel comfortable with, and that you want to increase their access to new restaurants.



This is all about motivation, set goals for your family and children that are interesting and engaging; as success is very important when creating goals.



Set the time frame, for example: ‘I would like my son to be able to eat with a fork by the end of May 2017’



Make sure that you can break the goal down into weekly or monthly targets, for example: ‘By the end of February my Son will have used his fork at weekends, as we will have more time to focus on this with him’

Have a go; we would love to hear what goals you have set yourselves for 2017

My goal is to: Master the art of Crochet by December 2017 and create 5 crochet items by the end of the year (2017) Maybe next year I can share my achievements!!!! (Pip Else- OT)

If you would like any further information about setting goals for 2017, why not message us on Facebook or through the website.


Happy 2017 to all !!!

COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep you up-to-date with our service provision, which as you can appreciate is changing daily.

For reassurance CTS have set up a ‘Best Practice’ policy to ensure all our Occupational Therapists and Office Staff are working to the highest standard at all times; where ever we are based in the UK.

We are currently NOT seeing families at our designated CTS Clinics conforming to the recent request 23rd March 2020 @ 2030hrs from our government and NHS.

CTS are wanting to reassure you that we are highly committed to you and your child’s OT needs are cared for. We appreciate a lot of our families and service users are vulnerable and many have EHCP’s in place. As a service this requires us to ensure we continue to safeguard and meet the welfare needs of our service users effectively.

We are now providing alternative therapy to continue to support children, families and in some cases parents. We are using your appointment times and making contact via phone calls, conference calls, emails, Zoom and or Skype to support Telehealth Interventions.

Letters are being sent out to all our service users to reassure our commitment.

Please be reassured that all staff are taking every precaution to support our country in preventing the spread of this virus.

Please continue to check this site and our Facebook page for the latest updates. Alternatively call us on: 01664 567917.

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