Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA) is a comprehensive handbook for assessing and documenting social skill development in group music therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. It assists therapists in:
-communicating with teachers and administrators to develop a collaborative treatment approach
-identifying baseline social abilities for individual music therapy clients
-developing treatment goals targeting social skill development in music therapy
-tracking data toward individualized objectives while monitoring correlation between affect and engagement of each client
-reporting progress to classroom teachers and guardians.
The MTSSA can also be adapted for use outside of the classroom setting and can be implemented with clients of various ages, including adults. With a CD-ROM of data collection and reporting tools, as well as songs composed to facilitate social interaction, this resource will be of immeasurable value to music therapists and students of music therapy.
A systematic, creative method to assist students in attaining greater independence in their social interaction with one another, the Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual is a welcome addition to the libraries and toolboxes of music therapists working with groups in school or community settings. With a thorough review of literature supporting its theoretical underpinnings, multiple case studies, sample forms and letters, and clear definitions, the model may be adapted to fit the needs, cultures and preferred musical genres of our clients.
– Ronna S. Kaplan, MA, MT-BC, Forest City Enterprises Chair, Center for Music Therapy The Music Settlement, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
All music therapists know the importance of social skills development, and we know that music therapy is a great way to build these skills. This book takes you through the process of assessing social skills in a clearly defined, observable and structured manner, built on a foundation of applicable research. I look forward to using this book with my students to support their development of observational skills and their ability to utilize clear assessment protocols.”
– Mary S. Adamek, PhD., MT-BC, Director, Music Therapy Program, University of Iowa, USA
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