Volume 4 (2) 2012 – Article
Reporting on Outcomes: An Adaptation of the ‘AQR-instrument’ Used to Evaluate Music Therapy in Autism
This article introduces an adaptation of the music therapy and autism specific AQR-instrument (Assessment of the Quality of Relationship) (Schumacher & Calvet 2007). The author developed this adaptation following the requirement to report on the outcomes of his work at a school for children with autism.
After introducing the AQR-instrument, the author describes how his adaptation enables him to produce bar charts illustrating client progress. This is done by drawing on the procedures of the Developmental Disabilities – Children’s Global Assessment Scale (Wagner et al. 2007). A case example illustrates the format used for the therapy plans, termly reports and annual review reports in which the bar charts are incorporated.
music therapy, autism, evaluation, outcomes, AQR-instrument
Martin Lawes works as a music therapist in the UK in schools and palliative care. He is a registered music therapy supervisor and has been visiting lecturer on three of the UK music therapy Masters training courses. He has presented his work nationally and internationally and has previously published in the British Journal of Music Therapy. Martin is additionally qualified in Guided Imagery and Music and is an assistant trainer in this.