F-words Tools

Welcome to the F-words Tools Section! Here you will find various F-words Tools that have been created and provided to us by families, service providers, and researchers to help move the F-words into practice. Please feel free to download, use, and share the tools in your own practice settings.

Please note that we have made these tools freely available. This means you are able to share (i.e., copy and re-distribute the material in any medium or format), and adapt (i.e., modify and build upon the material). However, we ask that, when you are using any materials found on the F-words Knowledge Hub, you properly attribute then (reference and cite the original materials) and do not use the materials for any commercial purposes.

The F-words Tools are divided into two sections. The first section highlights four tools created by our integrated F-words Research Team. The second section highlights real-life examples of how clinicians and organizations have applied the F-words in their individual work settings.

If you are currently using the F-words or have created materials about the F-words we encourage you to connect and share them with us! Many of the tools found on this Knowledge Hub came as a result of sharing materials and ideas. Our hope is that the F-words Knowledge Hub will become a go-to resource for knowledge exchange and sharing, and that by working together we will move the F-words into practice.

Download Instructions for the F-words Tools

  • For each tool, you can download both an example of a completed tool and a tool template for you to complete.
  • To complete your own template:
    • Download the tool in Adobe Reader (Make sure you download the document to your computer before entering information or it won't save.)
    • Fill in the blanks and add pictures
    • Save the completed template as a PDF document.
    • You are now ready to print and share!

CanChild's F-words Tools

F-words Agreement

F words agreement

The F-words Agreement was developed by Diane Kay (parent researcher with CanChild’s F-words research group) after she was introduced to the F-words paper in 2012. Diane created the agreement as a tool for her son to share what was important to him with service providers. In an article she wrote for Holland Bloorview’s Bloom Magazine (Titled: Has your doctor heard about these F-words?) Diane stated,  “In thinking about my role negotiating with service providers, I decided to create an “F-words agreement” that we would share with professionals. This laminated print-out would be Alfie's document: he owned it, and he would show it at clinic visits as a starting point for discussion. To me it represents an informal but serious pact between the child and whoever they rely on for support. I see the F-words as a minimum standard, especially when decisions about services and interventions are made. I hope other parents will create an F-words agreement with their child—one that could evolve with a child's development and interests.” Diane has presented on the F-words Agreement at conferences in the UK, France, Canada, and the United States. The F-words Agreement provides a way to start the conversation about what is important for the child and their family. It is meant to be used with family members, educators, clinicians, physicians… everyone! ​

F-words Agreement Examples 

Alfie's f words agreement copy
Brennen's f words agreement copy

Want to create your own F-words Agreement? 

Download the F-words Agreement Template here 

F-words Collage

F words collage

The F-words Collage was developed by Danijela Grahovac (another CanChild-associated parent researcher) as a tool for sharing a visual representation of the F-words. It’s a fun and easy way to think about and talk about the F-words. It is a common saying that a picture is worth 1000 words – so we encourage children, youth, families, service providers, and researchers to make their own F-words collage. Our research team has used the F-words collage in many presentations to introduce the F-words and share what they mean to us (families, clinicians, and researchers). We have also recently started using it as a tool to introduce ourselves when forming new integrated research teams. We encourage you to download and create your own F-words collage. If you share on social media make sure to tag @canchild, so we can see your collage and help spread awareness!

F-words Collage Examples

Vasilije's f words collage
Brennen's f words collage
Julias fwords collage
Andrea's f words collage

Want to create your own F-words Collage? 

Download the F-words Collage Template here

F-words Profile

F words profile

The F-words Profile was created as a one-page document to highlight what each F-word means to the child and family. The idea is that the profile can be used as an introductory document for the initial meetings with new service providers. As the child grows older, the F-words profile may change and thus it can be updated at any time. Julie Brocklehurst (CanChild-associated parent researcher) stated in her most recent F-words blog:“reading my son's file (as large as it is!) does not give a complete picture of him as a whole person.” The idea of the F-words profile is to learn more about the child’s family and friends, what the child likes to do for fitness and fun, and the child and families overall hopes and goals for the future.

F-words Profile Examples

Vasilije's f words profile
F words profile brennen copy

Want to create your own F-words Profile? 

Download the F-words Profile Template here 

F-words Goal Sheet

F words goal sheet

The F-words Goal Sheet was adapted from Fuller & Susini’s (2015) Goal Sheet, initially created to be used by physiotherapists to help families participate in the goal setting process. When describing the rationale for creating the goal sheet our colleague Maria Susini (Physiotherapist) stated:This was a way for me to use the F-words to see what families/clients really wanted to work on or what was important to them.” Throughout our presentations on the F-words we were hearing from multiple stakeholders that the F-words Framework would be useful for goal setting. Our hope for this F-words Goal Sheet is that it can be used for setting goals in therapy, at school, and at home. There is space to fill in one primary goal for each of the F-words and to answer an important question – why is this an important goal!? 

F-words Goal Sheet Examples

Vasilije's goal sheet copy
F words goal sheet brennen copy

What to create your own F-words Goal Sheet?

Download the F-words Goal Sheet Template here

How are the F-words being applied in Practice?

The Region of Halton

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In the Region of Halton, service providers from three agencies (Community Living North Halton, Community Living Burlington, and Halton Region Children’s Developmental Services) have come together to form a F-words Committee. All of these agencies provide developmental services to children (birth - 12) and their families in Halton Region using a family centered model. The purpose of the F-words Committee is to modify their current Family Plan by incorporating the F-words to document family’s goals.

To ensure the Family Plan is meaningful and will be useful for families, the F-words Committee is seeking families’ feedback during the development stage. If you are a parent of a child with a disability, please take a moment to review the Family Plan and let us know what you think by completing this 2 minute anonymous survey.

Halton family service plan

Grandview Children's Centre 

Grandview logo

Maria Susini (Physiotherapist, Grandview Children’s Centre) was looking for a way to work with families in the goal setting process. Recognizing the F-words as a framework to explore what families want to work on and what is important to them, she and a Aryne Fuller (PT student) created an ‘ICF Family Goal Sheet’ incorporating the six F-words. Maria statedMy hopes [with creating the Goal Sheet] were to better establish family centered, collaborative goal setting to improve the follow through of home programming activities given by therapists.  I have started at a single clinical discipline but envision growing this idea into a more multidisciplinary adventure.” Since Maria originally contacted us in Spring 2015 we have collaborated together on a number of presentations including the CAPHC Webinar, Grandview Children’s Interprofessional Education and Development Day, and a panel presentation at CP-Net Science and Family Day.

As highlighted in Maria’s quote, the goal sheet is currently physiotherapy focused, but a future goal is to adapt the goal sheet so that it can be utilized by interdisciplinary teams of clinicians (including occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, etc.)

Icf worksheet first page copy
Icf worksheet second page copy

Clare Children’s Services, County Clare, Ireland

Clare children's services

Clare Children’s Services in County Clare Ireland is working as an organization to move the F-words into practice. Staff at Clare Children’s Services have launched an F-words Message Board in the waiting room to share information on the F-words with families. The board is constantly being updated highlighting new F-words. For example, Function is currently highlighted and there is a picture of a child kicking a soccer ball, and links to how this relates to all the other F- words. To make the board interactive, families are encouraged to draw or write what function means to them and pin it to the board. There are four leaflet holders at the bottom of the board that include a leaflet describing the F-words, F-words goals template, the F-words Agreement, and the original F-words Paper. Multiple copies are provided and families are encouraged to take the information home with them to learn more about the F-words. The team also uses the F-words to talk with new families about services and supports in the context of meaningful life goals. When speaking with Dr. Toby Sachsenmaier (Senior Clinical Psychologist) about why their organization has embraced the F-words she stated, “Our organization has embraced the F-words model because it puts families at the centre of planning and doing, it encourages therapists to work in an integrated way toward mutual goals, and places therapy in the context of meaningful real life experiences.”

F words message board good

F-words Needs Assessment for Residence Life, Hamilton ON


In Residence Life, residence leaders are often asked to do ‘Needs Assessments’ to determine appropriate strategies to support students in their residence communities. Many students are in periods of transition. As a residence leader it can be overwhelming to determine where needs lie and how to help support students overall well-being and university experience. Julia Hanes (Past Residence Leader and Research Assistant at CanChild) saw potential in the F-words concepts to be a way to approach the need-assessment by using the F-words as a framework. This led her to develop the F-words Needs Assessment. The form features key questions to ask in each of the F-words areas. When asked about the use of the tool, Julia stated “The F-words helped simplify the needs assessment process. It provided a framework that everyone could relate to and use in their conversations with students. I presented on the F-words to the Residence staff and it was positively accepted and adopted by several of my peers following my presentation. I hope this concept will continued to be used and adopted by other residence life programs. The simplicity and relatability of the F-words make them applicable far beyond the realm of childhood disability

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