Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Music Therapy

Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND): A Clinical Manual

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Music Therapy

Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND): A Clinical Manual

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Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND): A Clinical Manual by John A. Carpente. Regina Publishers, 2013. ISBN-10: 0989179001 (pbk); ISBN-// 13: 9780989179003 (pbk).

John Carpente's recently published music therapy assessment tool, the IMCAP-ND, is a valuable resource and a must-read for any music therapist working in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. This tool comprises three scales, each of which helps the therapist to assess a different area of the client's functioning by using what Carpente calls musical-play. The Musical Emotional Assessment Scale (MEARS) measures a client's communication; the Musical Cognition/Perception Scale (MCPS) measures cognition and perception; and the Musical Responsiveness Scale (MRS) measures social interaction and responsiveness. The IMCAP-ND is grounded in the principles and writings of Kenneth Bruscia, the Nordoff- Robbins music therapy model, and Stanley Greenspan's DIR/Floortime model. Carpente references elements from these respected pioneers throughout the manual.

Music therapists of all levels of training and experience could benefit from this assessment tool and clinical manual. For the novice, the book delivers a roadmap of foundational principles, implementation strategies, assessment considerations, and guidelines for evaluating results. As an experienced music therapist, I found both the tool and the manual useful for analysis and reflection on my own clinical skills specific to musical-play. The IMCAP-ND will be of particular interest to music therapists specializing in autism, as it acknowledges the necessity of good assessment with this population. I appreciate the inclusion of three media-vocal, instrumental, and movement- clearly integrated in the interrelated, criterion-referenced, and criterion-based rating scales. Each scale targets different aspects of a client's ability to interact musically.

The manual is organized into five easy-flowing chapters. It begins with a general outline of the IMCAP-ND, continues with instructions on how to administer the assessment, and then progresses to the three assessment scales. Chapters 1 and 2 outline purpose, an extensive array of techniques and procedural considerations for musical-play, data collection guidelines, and clinical techniques for addressing perseverative behaviours. Chapter 2 also includes a most helpful section on types of support (i.e. …

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