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Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This six hour online course will present an in-depth look at Goal Attainment Scaling (G.A.S.) methodology and its application as a functional outcome measure for sensory integration based occupational therapy. Theoretical and practical information, presented through five hours of video lecture and an hours’ worth of at-home assignments, will prepare participants for the use of the G.A.S. methodology in clinical and research applications.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Explain G.A.S. theory and methodology, and its application to outcome measurement in sensory integration.
  2. Describe the psychometric properties of G.A.S. and its strengths and weaknesses related to its application as an outcome in sensory integration intervention.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write appropriate, reliable, and functional G.A.S. outcome goals.
  4. Implement G.A.S. methodology as a functional outcome for sensory integration based treatment.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants

Course Level: Advanced. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 6.0 contact hours or .6 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours for this course participants must view the recorded course in its entirety, complete all home activities, and complete the accompanying online exam.

About the Speaker: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation as well as a practicing occupational therapist at OTA The Koomar Center. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center and Laboratory. She is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention, has authored book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.