University of Alabama Seeks Participants for Unique Autism Study

University of Alabama researchers are seeking youth participants for a theater-based autism spectrum disorder study cohort to begin in January 2019.

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.

More information about the program can be found here. Those interested in enrolling in the program can contact Shane Jones at 205-348-3525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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