The music therapy profession has an extensive history of working with persons experiencing severe to profound multiple disabilities. However, the literature describing assessment in this field is not as diverse as in other allied health fields. The aim of this qualitative study was to integrate multiple perspectives to develop a population specific music therapy assessment tool. Existing tools were collated and analysed to identify patterns and areas of popular interest, and resulting data creatively synthesised. In evaluating the research process and final result, limitations relating specifically to the study and related areas within our profession were recognised. Suggestions for further exploration and development within music therapy are outlined in this paper.
Churchill, Victoria; McFerran, Katrina (2014) Developing a Music Therapy Assessment Tool Specific to Persons with Severe to Profound Multiple Disabilities. In: The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy, Vol. 12, pp. 8-33. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/68294/.