IMCAP-ND Manual Available for Pre-Ordering!

IMCAP-ND Cover SpreadHello all,

I’m happy to share that the Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (IMCAP-ND): A Clinical Manual is now available for Pre-Ordering. By Pre-Ordering a copy of the IMCAP-ND Manual you will receive 10 free rating scale booklets (a value of $9.50).

Pre-orders can be made by visiting Developmental Music Health Services at

To view contents and reviews of the IMCAP-ND Manual click on the links below:

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Click to Read Table of Contents

Click to Read Foreword

Here’s what professionals are saying about the IMCAP-ND:

“The IMCAP-ND is a paradigm shift and revolutionary force, and will surely transform the very landscape of music therapy assessment” -From the book’s foreword, Brian Abrams, Ph.D., LCAT, MT-BC

“This clinical manual will be an indispensable tool for all music therapists who believe in the power of affect to help clients relate and communicate through the experience of musical-play.” -Cecilia Breinbauer, M.D.

“The IMCAP-NC includes three scales that are easily scored and compiled and which give solid information on the client’s strengths and needs as well as clear guidance on setting clinical goals.” -Elizabeth Schwartz, M.A., LCAT, MT-BC

“The ‘right brain’ is given a voice in the IMCAP-ND and offers all pediatric disciplines a window into the full range of human drama.” -Gerard Costa, Ph.D.

“John Carpente’s new book helps to fill that gap by presenting a set of music-centered rating scales that examine clients’ capacity to musically interact and thus present a musical way of thinking about, working with, and understanding clients.” -Christian Gold, Ph.D

TRAININGS: Please stay tuned […]

Exciting Events on TAP: ADOS, Autism, Child Development, DIR/Floortime, and ICDL!!

Hello all,

I would like to share with you all couple of interesting and informative events coming up in the fall 2012 being hosted by The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy and Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). Both events are geared towards educating and training parents, professionals, and students.

The first is presented by the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College:  Understanding the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Workshop for Parents, Students, and Professionals.

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is the “gold standard” for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. This presentation will examine autism spectrum disorders as well as the ADOS. Topics will include an overview of autism (including its history and defining features) as well as a discussion of diagnostic psychological evaluation in general and the specific assessment of the possibility of an autism spectrum disorder. Attendees will gain an understanding of autism spectrum disorders as well as the process by which they are assessed and diagnosed.

Who should attend this lecture? The lecture is interned for parents of children with ASD, as well as for professionals and students who would like to increase their knowledge of the ADOS.

When: October 25, 2012 at 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Where: Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11571

Cost: $25 includes lecture and wine and cheese

Free for families enrolled at Rebecca Center, Molloy faculty, staff, and students
To register click here or paste this link into your browser:

For more information please call: 516 678 5000 ex6206


The other event is the Annual 2012 ICDL Annual Conference, November 16-18, 2012: THE POWER OF AFFECT

This event will have […]


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  Do You Know a Child with Autism?

The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College is recruiting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to participate in a research study investigating developmental trajectories and effectiveness of interventions. The main purpose of the study is to discover whether music therapy is an effective early intervention for children with ASD.

This study is the first well-controlled effectiveness study and largest randomized controlled trial on clinical interventions for autism to date. It is funded by the Research Council of Norway and builds upon a collaboration of seven countries worldwide. The Rebecca Center is the USA site for this study.

This study will include no-cost sessions and comprehensive diagnostic and cognitive assessments.

Who is Eligible?
• Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
• Between the ages of 4 and 7 years old
• Limited or no previous music therapy experience

The study is being conducted at The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College in Rockville Centre NY. If you have any questions or if you would like to consider your child to participate in the study, please contact Dr. John Carpente, Research Site Manager email:

Below are the collaborating countries and research site managers:

If you have any questions concerning the overall project please contact:

Principal investigator: Christian Gold (

Project coordinator: Karin Mössler (

Questions related to the study protocol should be addressed to the Principal investigator or Monika Geretsegger:

Site manager Austria: Monika Geretsegger (

Country specific questions and questions about participation in the study should be addressed to the particular site manager:

Site manager Australia: Grace […]

It is with great sorrow that I share with you the news…

It is with great sorrow that I share with you the news that Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. died on April 27, 2010. Dr. Greenspan was the world’s foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children with developmental and emotional difficulties. His work will continue to guide parents, professionals and researchers all over the world. He will be missed.

Thank you Dr. Greenspan for all of the knowlesge and wisdom that you have shared throughout the years. It was an honor and a privilage to be a part of your Weds afternoon clinical discussions/case conferences. Your work has, and will continue to influence my life as a  therapist, educator and most of all as a parent.

Thank you,


Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile Assessing Level II on the IMCAP-NDRC: Musical (self) Regulation

The Individual Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Relating and Communicating (IMCAP-NDRC®) is a population specific, music-centered based music therapy assessment profiling system targeting specific areas of musical resposnsiveness pertaining to the child’s ability to engage, relate and communicate within in the context of musical play. This post includes the assessment process of Level 2, Musical (self) Regulation of the IMCAP-NDRD.  It is imperative to keep in mind that the entire assessment process, which includes levels 1-6, is all withn the context of live, improvised musical interation between the child and therapist.

IMCAP-NDRC: Assessing Level II- Musical (self) Regulation


Musical (self) regulation refers to the strategies that a child employs in order increase his/her attention to the music being processed, either receptively or interactively. This includes the child’s ability to maintain calmness while being “available” for interaction through a wide range of sensory experiences (i.e. auditory, visual, propreoception, tactile, etc.). In assessing musical (self) regulation, the therapist is observing the child’s ability to achieve  a state of attention while experiencing music, either interactively and/or receptively. Within the context of musical play or receptive musical experiences, the therapist is observing the duration and the quality of the child’s ability to experience shared attention while live improvised music is being processed. Duration of musical (self) regulation is assessed by musical measures. The quality of musical (self) regulation is determined by the child’s ability to co-regulate and experience shared attention during musical interactions or receptive musical experiences. To that end, the therapist must be aware and mindful to include a wide range of musical elements and affect within the clinical improvisation, while observing the child’s ability to maintain calmness. In observing the child, the therapist will attempt to determine […]


In the context of a music therapy process, the developing child begins to exhibit the ability to self-regulate, and  displays signs of musical awareness. This may lead the child to be interested in playing an instrument while the therapist attempts to faciliate music engagement and interaction through improvisation. The moment this happens, the child’s sensory motor system comes into play. This may be followed by the child’s ability to motor-plan as he/she executes an idea to play an instrument. In addition, there is an intent to do something (play instrument) based on his/her own wish or desire, which is then carried out by the “doing” of an idea to play. So, the next step is to try to determine the child’s motive to play an instrument. Is it based on his/her intent to engage and relate to therapist’s music, or is it based on the child’s desire to fulfill a sensory need which may have nothing at all to do with relating to another person. That being said, if we are working within a relationship-based framework, the motive or wish behind the intent of the child is what we want to understand- the general goal may be for the child to engage in music making for the purpose of relating and communicating, musically and interpersonally, while actively engaging with the therapist in the context of musical play.

If there is the intent to play in a related manner to the therapist’s music, emotionality may now be entering into the picture-  a combination of sensory-motor-affect is being displayed, as well as the integration of  various sensory stimuli necessary for co-active music making (auditory, visual, tactile, etc.). In short, once the activity becomes interactive, or related in some fashion, there is […]

Individualized Music-Centered Assessment Profile for Child with Autism

 The IMCAP® is a population based, music-centered assessment profiling system targeting specific  areas of musical responsiveness as they pertain to musical interactions. The IMCAP’s goal is to create a Musical-Emotional Profile for each child being assessed. In essence, the IMCAP is basically painting a musical portrait of the child.

Although the IMCAP® is a music-centered based assessment, each of the seven levels of musical responsiveness are based on social-emotional development and are consistent with the DIR®/Floortime™ Model, Jean Piaget and Margaret Mahler.

Each level of musical responsiveness are being assessed within the context of interactive musical play between the therapist/s and the child, while observing the child through various modes of musical interaction (instruments, voice, movement, & gestures). Each level is evaluated based on the duration and quality of the child’s musical responsiveness within the context of music play, and, the type of the support (i.e. visual cues, verbal, gestural cues, high affect, etc.) that the therapist utilizies to assist the child in a particular musical area.

Seven levels of Musical Responsiveness:

  1. Musical awareness: the awareness that the child displays of the music and any of its facets (elements); how and if the child processes, on any level observable, the music as a whole and/or specific elements.
  2. Musical (self) regulation: the child’s ability to remain calm, interested and available during musical interactions over a wide range of affects and emotions; how the child self soothes and takes in the sights and sounds in the musical environment; the ability to use sensory modulation during musical play
  3. Musical mutuality/engagement & forming relationships: the child’s ability to relate (the quality of the relatedness) to the music and therapist through a range of […]