The Collaborative Process for Participation Goals

The Collaborative Process for Participation Goals was developed by Robert Palisano and Lisa Chiarello to provide a systematic but flexible process to guide families and therapists through the many considerations necessary to develop action plans (also referred to as care plan or intervention plan) for participation goals.

Use of the Collaboration Process is described in Palisano, R., Chiarello, L., King, G., Novak, I, Stoner, T. & Fiss, A. (2012). Participation-based therapy for children with physical disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(12), 1041-1052, A study to examine content validity and clinical utility has been submitted for publication. A case series was recently completed in the outpatient physical therapy setting on using a smart phone to facilitate collaboration towards achievement of goals for community participation.

The Collaborative Process for Participation Goals has been translated into Finnish. Nea Vänskä and Salla Sipari have developed a Finnish manual with background information, case examples, strategies for therapists as well as information letter for the family to help them prepare for the collaborative process beforehand (

See below a document that describes a collaborative process to develop an action plan for children’s participation goals and some cases examples.

Collabora​tive Process for Participation Goals fillible form