Often people think Music Therapy is not “Evidenced Based.” Here is some research on evaluating developmentally-based, music centered treatment goals. I often refer to Dr. Carpente’s website, “Developmental Music Health Services” (http://dmhmusictherapy.com/) for information. Currently, I am being supervised by Dr. Carpente to learn even more. Here is his research on writing and attaining Music Therapy goals for children on the spectrum. Last week you were able to view an interview with Dr. Carpente on how this works, now see the research!
“Goal Attainment Scaling: A Method for Evaluating Progress toward Developmentally Based Music-Centered Treatment Goals for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” – Dr. John Carpente, PH.D., MT-BC, LCAT, DIR-C Associate Professor of Music Therapy, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY Founder/Director of Rebecca Center for Music Therapy, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
ABSTRACT: There is an ongoing need for clinical accountability related to evaluating the effectiveness of music therapy interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Moreover, quantifying outcomes of client-centered approaches, such as music-centered music therapy when working with individuals with ASD, has consistently shown to be challenging. Goal attainment scaling (GAS) provides an established practice-based method for quantitatively evaluating individualized treatment goals. Although GAS has been used by a variety of disciplines, it has yet to be utilized in the field of music therapy. The purpose of this paper was to describe and illustrate the use of GAS as a method of evaluating progress toward developmentally based music-centered music therapy goals for children with autism spectrum disorder.