UA reminder: researchers seek youth for June autism study


Special to The Dispatch



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


SENSE Theatre is a novel autism spectrum disorder treatment approach for adolescents that incorporates theater and peer mediation.


The study is conducted by the Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems at UA. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has already received significant research support, showing meaningful improvement in children's social functioning. Twenty-eight Tuscaloosa-area youth participated in the first SENSE Theater Program, which finished in October.



Researchers are currently enrolling children, ages 10 through 16, with and without autism spectrum disorder, for its June 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 weekday evenings, at Tuscaloosa Academy.


More information about the program can be found at:


Those interested in enrolling in the program can contact Nicole Powell at 205-348-3535 or [email protected]




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