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Realistic Goal Setting

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Since the person may tend to focus on goals that are unrealistic (e.g., “My only goal is to walk unassisted.”), it is the responsibility of the rehabilitation team to provide adequate emotional support while educating the person about the importance of realistic goal setting for meeting his or her priorities. Trading unrealistic goals for realistic ones can be a painful process. The person may need the additional support of a psychotherapist at this time, particularly if his or her reluctance or inability to engage in realistic goal-setting is blocking the rehabilitation process.

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