2022 Sensory Symposium Professional Workshop

Assessment Training: Goal Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL)

Occupational therapists are regularly faced with the challenge of finding functionally relevant, developmentally appropriate standardized testing, especially for adolescents. That's where the Goal Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL) comes in. The GOAL is an innovative evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living in children/youth ages 7-17 years. Developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, the assessment includes Intervention Targets that help you turn the assessment results into a specific, goal-oriented treatment plan. This 1-day, special event workshop provides step-by-step instruction for administration and scoring, and how to use the test identify specific sensory processing information regarding your client.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify target populations for use of GOAL
  • Identify GOAL purpose, structure elements, test components, and appropriate populations for use
  • Using case studies, demonstrate understanding of procedural administration of GOAL items
  • Using case studies, demonstrate competency in GOAL score interpretation
  • Using case studies, construct functional goals using GOAL test findings
  • Apply sensory processing understanding to GOAL structure for bottom-up assessment application


Thursday, October 13

9:30 AM-10:00 AM         Registration

10:00 AM-11:30 AM       Overview of the Workshop/ Purpose and Objectives

11:30 AM-11:45 AM       Break

11:45 AM-1:00 PM         Administration Guidelines/Test Mechanics and Video

1:00 PM-2:00 PM           Lunch

2:00 PM-4:00 PM           Introduction to Interpretation

4:00 PM-4:15 PM           Break

4:15 PM-5:15 PM           Case Studies

5:15 PM-5:30 PM           Q and A

Download a detailed copy of the agenda here

Who Should Attend:

Pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, speech language pathologists, teachers and adaptive physical education teachers, special education specialists, and other childhood intervention specialists.

Qualification Level C is required by WPS to purchase and administer this assessment


Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L (she/her)Speaker - Virginia Spielmann
Director of Education | STAR Institute

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist for over 25 years. She received her BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1996 and her MSW from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012. She has received advanced training in sensory integration (SIPT certification, STAR ProCert1, STAR ProCert2), listening therapy (Therapeutic Listening, iLs), feeding therapy (SOS), DIR, mental health (DC:0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood), and infant massage (CIMI). Her work in occupational therapy with children and youth has occurred in a variety of settings including early intervention, school based, clinic based, mental health and private practice.  As a social worker, she provided case management, program development, and program management. Mim has taught both university level (California State-Dominguez Hills) and professional continuing education courses since 2013, spoken internationally, and has co-authored works for professional publications. She has been in her current role at STAR Institute since 2017 at the invitation of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, FAOTA, OTR.

Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L (she/her)
Executive Director | STAR Institute

Virginia is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.  

Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected inter-disciplinary team.

Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002) and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee (2018). Virginia obtained her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development (with an emphasis on mental health) from Fielding Graduate University in 2021.

Virginia is a DIR/Floortime Training Leader and Expert and clinical consultant for the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL). Her extensive pediatric experience includes supporting autistic children and their families, as well as children with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, from adopted families and those who have experienced developmental trauma.  

Financial & Non-financial Disclosure Statements

Do you have a disability that would require special accommodations?

Please contact us at education@sensoryhealth.org and describe how we can help accommodate your needs.

Attendance Policy

Participants must attend the workshop in full to a Certificate of Attendance.

This program will ONLY be presented live, in-person and will not be recorded for later access.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by July 8, 2022 may receive a full refund.

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than August 19, 2022 to receive a refund minus $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after August 19, 2022.

After August 19, 2022, registrations may be substituted, transferred to live-streamed ticket (if applicable), or deferred to a future STAR Institute symposium. Staff must be notified of cancellations or substitutions at least 24 hours before the start of the event. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency, other unexpected event or illness may be transferred to a virtual ticket (if applicable) or deferred to a future STAR Institute symposium or another STAR Institute education program (in-person only).

In the event this program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid.