Dr John Carpente, PhD, 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, D. 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.