Parents: A Developmental Perspective

Hi all,

This new blog post is written by Melanie Feller, M.A., CCC-SLP. Melanie is a Speech and Language Pathologist and DIRFloortime practitioner. Her post discusses some differences between ABA and DIR via a the parent perspective. If you have have questions or would like to express suggestion or thoughts, please do so here and/or email Melanie.

Parents: A Developmental Perspective

As music therapists and as speech therapists (and as many other types of therapeutic practitioners) we frequently find ourselves meeting concerned parents. Perhaps the parent who is concerned about their child’s overall development or the parent who is worried that they don’t know how to help their child. Perhaps the parent who feels like they have no relationship with their child. Sometimes we may be the first step, when the parent has heard about the benefits of DIRFloortime, and sometimes we may be the last, when the parent decides that ABA simply isn’t working. But either way, we frequently meet a parent who shares they feel a bit (or very) overwhelmed, and they don’t really feel like they have the tools with which to support their child.

Behavioral therapy suggests leaving the parent out of the equation (and many parents will attest to this – i.e. therapy taking place behind closed doors, parental involvement eschewed) unless it is to train the parent on how to follow through on ABA principles taught in session. Following directions and using scripted words to request are frequent goals. Compliance and “fitting in” are paramount.

Therapy from a developmental perspective however suggests this behavioral focus is misplaced.

The DIRFloortime perspective is one that places great emphasis on the relationship between parent and child, with specific focus on each and every individual difference. This focus allows […]

Learning and Developing via Relational Musical-Play Experiences in Music Therapy

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This blog post includes some immediate and brief thoughts regarding the clinical rationale of back-and-forth relational music making between client and therapist. In addition, it touches on the importance of  contextualizing music therapy experiences within a relationship-based framework, as well as emphasizing  the significance of affective-based interactions.

Several moths ago I presented to a group of parents, therapists, and educators. During the talk I displayed a clinical video excerpt illustrating a continuous flow of co-active and related music making between the therapist and client. During the interaction, the client, an autistic 8 year-old boy who displays difficulty in sustaining self-regulation and with challenges in the area of sustained engagement and interaction, sits in his chair and musically participates with the therapist via social referencing and non-verbal, but tonal, vocalizations. The therapist, improvising a short melodic phrase  (playing guitar and voice) pauses the music following the 3rd beat of the phrase. The client, referencing the therapist via a glance and a bewildered look on his face, follows the musical pause by glancing in the direction of the therapist on the 4th beat of the phrase. The therapist interprets the glance as a musical response and “turns the phrase around,”pausing after the 3rd beat. The client again references the therapist with a glance, but this time offers a smile accompanied by a tonal vocalization. The therapist alters the musical phrase by increasing tempo and articulating the melody vocally in a staccato manner. The client […]

ASD, DIR/Floortime, Sensory-Motor, & Affect

Hi Parents and Clinicians, You may want to set 40 minutes aside to watch this youtube presentation on ASD, DIR, & sensory motor given by, in my opinion, one of the best occupational therapists in the field, Rosemary White. Her ability to profile a child’s sensory system, within the context of relationship-based work, is remarkable! Several years ago, I was lucky enough to participate in several 1:1 clinical supervisions with Rosemary. It was incredibly informative as she conceptualized my work, not only within the DIR model, but also identified the sensory-motor processes that were occurring within the musical relationship process. Here she is presenting an ASD conference:

Thanks for reading and watching!

Best,

John

Don’t miss EARLY BIRD Registration for IMCAP-ND CMTE in New York!

Don’t miss the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for New York Course (Early bird ends July 2nd, 20014)

IMCAP-ND CMTE Course at Molloy College, New York

EARN 35 CMTE CREDITS! 

2-Day in-person course & Post Course Assignments

 

COURSE LOCATION:

Molloy College

1000 Rockville Centre, NY 11571

Course will take place in the Public Square Building, Room 040 (located in the lower level)

DATES:

August 1st & 2nd, 2014

Read what music therapists are saying about the IMCAP-ND CMTE Course:

The IMCAP-ND Music Therapy Assessment training provided by John Carpente was an experience that opened my eyes to a new way of seeing and interacting with my clients musically, as well as giving an invaluable framework from which to communicate music therapy’s benefits for individuals with Neurological Disorders to administration, families, and staff. I find that I am relating to and understanding the needs of my clients on a much deeper level and that will greatly influence every facet of the therapeutic process with them in the future. This is an extremely valuable tool, and John presents it in such a way that is thorough, challenging, and creative! I highly recommend this training to any music therapy professional!”

Julie Schlosser, MT-BC

“The IMCAP-ND course was career changing!!!!!! After15 years of a successful music therapy career it opened my eyes to a very positive child-centered way to communicate and assess –following the lead of the child. Coming from a school that uses  DIR/Floortime in the early intervention program, the IMCAP-ND method is a logical and well thought out process that marries music therapy and floortime. The assessment is ready to use and […]

The Times They are A Changin’: New Discoveries Leading to NEW Ways of Working with Children w/ASD

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The times that have guided treatment interventions for children with ASD are certainly changing.’ But why has it been so difficult for folks to embrace this change and incorporate these new findings and discoveries into their work? Do I dare say that politics and funding play a role? Or  even dare say that special interests groups/folks in the world of ASD have certain “power sources” to steer agendas? Or, how-about the thought that folks choose certain research studies to support an agenda? Whatever the case is, the ones getting hurt are children and their families. They are the ones that are not being given a choice, and in turn, are not fully made aware of alternatives and truths.

Why are families of children with ASD rarely informed of alternative treatment options outside of only one way of working? Is prochoice not permitted in the world of ASD? Why is it that on a weekly basis, and sometimes times daily, I meet with parents of newly diagnosed children, who come into my office expressing that they have never heard of any developmental approach being effective. In addition, I would say that 95% of them say that they have never heard of the DIR/Floortime Model? This is generally followed by them saying, “oh yes, I have heard of music therapy, but what exactly is music therapy? What does a music therapist do? Oh, are you going to teach him songs? He just loves the Beatles!” It’s disheartening.

The purpose of this post is not to preach that developmental approaches  (or that developmentally-based music therapy) are better then behavioral. I’m simply saying that parents should be better informed and […]

Registration is OPEN! IMCAP-ND CMTE Course Headed to New York and Radford, VA!

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8/1 & 8/2 at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY

10/24 & 10/25, Radford University, VA

The IMCAP-ND Music Therapy Assessment training provided by John Carpente was an experience that opened my eyes to a new way of seeing and interacting with my clients musically, as well as giving an invaluable framework from which to communicate music therapy’s benefits for individuals with Neurological Disorders to administration, families, and staff. I find that I am relating to and understanding the needs of my clients on a much deeper level and that will greatly influence every facet of the therapeutic process with them in the future. This is an extremely valuable tool, and John presents it in such a way that is thorough, challenging, and creative! I highly recommend this training to any music therapy professional!”

Julie Schlosser, MT-BC

“The IMCAP-ND course was career changing!!!!!! After15 years of a successful music therapy career it opened my eyes to a very positive child-centered way to communicate and assess –following the lead of the child. Coming from a school that uses  DIR/Floortime in the early intervention program, the IMCAP-ND method is a logical and well thought out process that marries music therapy and floortime. The assessment is ready to use and with practice will become the staple assessment process that I use in schools. Fantastic course! In short, the IMCAP-ND course was mind blowing! 

-Amy Gardiner, MT-BC

 I’m thrilled to announce that the IMCAP-ND CMTE Training is continuing to travel through the Mid-Atlantic Region, […]

1 WEEK left for Early bird Registration for IMCAP Course, Columbia MD

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1 week remaining for EARLY BIRD Registration for IMCAP-ND CMTE Course at Howard Community College (Ends on April 15th!)

Are you interested in learning more about working within a Developmental Relationship-based Music Therapy Model? Here’s an opportunity to do so while earning 35 CMTE Credits! Click HERE for more information!

You will expand your knowledge on how to:

  • Create musical experiences that target specific musical areas that deal with
    • A) Social-Emotional Skills
    • B) Cognitive and Perceptual Skills
    • C) Preferences, Efficiency, Arousal Levels
  • Observe, assess, and score target responses within the context of relational musical-play
  • Create and write individualized goals and treatment plans
  • Communicate assessment findings to caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your musical tendencies and habitual responses as a musician and music therapist

By registering for this course you will receive complimentry Developmental, Relationship-based Music Therapy course materials (as  well an opportunity for discounted supervision/coaching): 

  • Receive 50% off IMCAP-based reflective supervision for up to 5 supervision sessions
  • A 10-pack of IMCAP-ND Rating Scale Booklets
  • IMCAP-ND Work Guide that includes:
  • Musical resources for the music therapist
  • Quality of Interaction rating chart
  • Procedural work phase check list
  • Clinical sample of IMCAP-ND rating scores (Scales I, II, & III)
  • IMCAP-ND goal bank
  • Clinical techniques guidelines (procedural phases and music domain areas)

The IMCAP-ND 2-day CMTE course with post-course assignments provides an opportunity to earn 35 CMTE Credits. This course will be held at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD on May 2nd and 3rd.

Click HERE to register!

Musically,

John

PART 2: Considering Musical Dimensions in Relationship-based Work: “The Musicality of the Infant-Parent Relationship and the Foundational Experiences Needed for Mental Health and Peaceful Societies.”

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This blog post include’s another PowerPoint presentation from the Rebecca Center for Music therapy’s October 11th conference, Considering Musical Dimensions in Relationship-based Work. This particular PowerPoint is from the Key Note presentation given by my friend and colleague, Dr. Gerard Costa. The presentation was entitled, The Musicality of the Infant-Parent Relationship and the Foundational Experiences Needed for Mental Health and Peaceful Societies.”  

Dr. Costa’s talk focused on the topic of essential interactions for infants and how these interactions or lack of may determine how children reach developmental milestones. He brilliantly spoke within a musical context and incorporated a diverse group of developmental theorists while integrating the nueroscience behind afftective interactions.

In addition, he discussed the importance of balance, integration, movement, rhythm, synchrony , integration, orchestration, and symbolization; and how these terms reflect both important experiences in the development of infant and child mental health, as well as in the development of musical composition. He later went on to to describe the interpersonal processes that co-construct the infant brain, and the ways in which certain types of affect-rich experiences help determine or compromise the human capacity for regulation, symbolization and peace. Finally, he tied his talk into how these constructs link to the IMCAP-ND Rating Scales and went on to speak to the relevance of the IMCAP-ND within helping the therapist understand how client’s perceives and make music with the therapist (within the context of relationship!)

As a side note: Dr. Costa and I will be co-presenting a Plenary Lecture on this topic at the upcoming Annual International ICDL DIR/Floortime Conference on October 28th at Montclair State University. This lecture will also feature a discussant panel that  includes: Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT […]

Presentation at Weill Cornell Ctr for Autism: Improvisational Music Therapy & Practice Research

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Last Monday I had an opportunity to lecture to the research, clinical, and medical team at Weill Cornell Ctr for Autism & Developing Brain on developmentally-based improvisational music therapy clinical practice and research. It was an honor to have the opportunity to share the IMCAP-ND assessment tool as well as the MT treatment & research going on at The Rebecca Ctr for Music Therapy with some of autism’s leading experts. In regards to IMCAP-ND, is was especially gratifying to receive nice feedback from  co-creators/developers of the ADOS, Dr. Catherine Lord and Dr. Somer Bishop. Following the presentation we had a nice discussion regarding our involvement in the international TIME-A ASD/MT research project as well as the the current testing of the IMCAP-ND that will be looked at in conjunction with ADOS outcomes.

if you’re interested, i’ll be posting more specifics of the presentation along with the  powerpoint on my blog.

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS

On October 11th, along with 5 of my colleagues (Gerry Costa, Brian Abrams, Suzanne Sorel, Jill Lucente, and Gabriela Ortiz),  I will be presenting an introduction and overview of the IMCAP-ND .  For more information CLICK HERE . Also, on October 29th I will be presenting with Dr. Gerry Costa at the annual ICDL conference. For more information CLICK HERE. Finally, I will be presenting on the IMCAP-ND at the upcoming American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) conference in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd with my colleague, Dr. Stella Manne (Director Faculty Research at Molloy College). CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION .

Please note that all IMCAP-ND presentations are not formal training courses and are only intended to provide participants with an overview […]

IMCAP-ND Updates/Announcements!

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Since the publication and release and the IMCAP-ND: A Clinical Manual, I have received a variety of emails regarding questions, requests for materials to use in clinical practice, as well as inquiries pertaining to IMCAP:ND training courses. Although I have created an IMCAP-ND Facebook page, I realize that many MTs that are interested in using or learning more about  the IMCAP-ND may not be a part of our Facebook community. Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to include IMCAP information on this blog.

REQUEST FOR INTAKE FORM & ASSESSMENT/PROGRESS REPORT TEMPLATES

I have been asked by several IMCAP-ND Manual users If I would share the digital files of the IMCAP-ND Intake Form and Assessment/Report templates. Although they are located in the appendix of the manual, it would probably be easiest and more practical to have the electronic versions of the files so you can simply type your responses and reporting directly onto the document. Thus, I’m making those documents available to any IMCAP-ND Manual owners who would like them. if interested email info@dmhmusictherapy.com

REQUESTING ACTUAL CLINICAL SAMPLES OF IMCAP-ND SCORING REPORTS

For those of you working with the IMCAP-ND who would like scoring samples illustrating the use of the of the three rating scales as well as a completed progress/assessment report (PDF versions) please email info@dmhmusictherapy.com (THIS REQUEST WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO FULFILL AS WE ARE REQUIRED RECEIVE CLIENT PERMISSION BEFORE DISTRIBUTING ANY CLINICAL INFORMATION)

INTERESTED IN USING THE IMCAP:ND TO DETERMINE GROUP PLACEMENT

For those of you who are using the IMCAP-ND in clinical practice, has anyone incorporated it into their assessment process in regards to deciding if a client is musical-emotionally “appropriate” for a […]