SENSE Theatre is a novel autism spectrum disorder treatment approach for adolescents that incorporates theater and peer mediation.
The Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems at UA is conducting the study. The program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has already received significant research support, showing meaningful improvement in children’s social functioning. Twenty-eight Tuscaloosa-area youth participated in the first cohort that finished in October.
Researchers are currently enrolling children, ages 10 through 16, with and without autism spectrum disorder, for its January 2019 cohort. Eligible youth with ASD are randomly assigned to one of two interventions – either SENSE or an evidence-based program on adolescent development/puberty.
SENSE sessions are held once per week for 10 weeks, typically on Saturdays, at Tuscaloosa Academy.