I prefer the COAST method for goal writing:
- Client will perform
- Occupational focus of goal
- Assistance level
- Specific conditions of the goal
COAST ensures that you are creating a relevant occupational therapy goal. You are not merely stating that you will increase a patient’s strength, but why increasing that strength is important for functional participation in occupations.
The file below contains numerous examples of goals that I have used broken into categories. I have attached the document, as opposed to a pdf so that you could easily copy and paste it.