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Musical-play to support children on the autism spectrum to express their id...

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When music is used interactively as part of therapy, musical-play becomes a vehicle to support social-emotional development. Dr John Carpente is a world expert in music therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Musical-play is therefore at the heart of Dr Carpente’s approach. Music is used to engage children in a back-and-forth flow of musical dialogue, fostering musical reciprocity and communication. Various instruments which require no prior skill or experience are used by the child while the therapist improvises music on the piano or guitar that engages, matches, supports, and enhances the child’s playing in order to foster musical relatedness and communication.

Together, the therapist and child develop various musical themes based on the child’s musical responses and reactions to the therapists’ music. The approach is unique in its ability to tap into the musical intelligence of the child, an area that is rarely considered in traditional education and therapies. Dr Carpente will outline his unique approach to working with children on the autism spectrum through inspiring case stories and video examples.

John Carpente, Ph.D., MT-BC, LCAT, NRMT, DIR-C, Associate Professor of music therapy at Molloy College, is the founder/executive director of the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and the Center for Autism and Child Development. He is the founding music therapist and creator of the DIRFloortime-based music therapy clinical/internship program at the Rebecca School in New York City where he participated in weekly case supervisions with Dr. Stanley Greenspan. A certified DIR/Floortime practitioner and level II Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist, Dr. Carpente has over fifteen years of clinical and supervisory experience. His research interests include the impact clinical improvisation procedures with children with ASD. He has presented his work domestically and internationally and has published extensively on the subject of music therapy and autism spectrum disorder.

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