Rebecca O'Connor, Senior Music Therapist, Lecturer and Researcher, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Ireland
Dr Sarah O'Doherty, Senior Neuropsychologist, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Ireland
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This presentation outlines the rationale and methodology for a unique joint Music Therapy and Neuropsychology assessment approach applied in the assessment of children with acquired brain injury. The presentation will introduce the O’Doherty O’Connor Music Therapy and Psychology Assessment (OOMPA) which has evolved over the past twelve years as a result of clinical need. The OOMPA is an innovative, observation-based assessment method which utilises a music - based protocol to provide information about a child’s strengths and weaknesses. It is a time-efficient and cost-effective means of obtaining rich information about a child which might not be obtained through other methods. The OOMPA is currently being used effectively in paediatric ABI rehabilitation settings. Information obtained in the OOMPA can be used to better inform and focus targeted individualised treatment plans, measure outcomes and maximise available therapeutic resources. Case studies, video examples and clinical data will be used to illustrate the OOMPA.