SENSE Theater 10 Week Intervention Project

Last Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2016

Principal Investigator: Blythe A. Corbett, Ph.D.


Theatre as Therapy

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are studying the effects of behavior therapy and theatre techniques in children with autism. We invite children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to be part of our treatment program.

The intervention is free and involves several research visits before and after the treatment to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center:

  • Psychological Testing (2 hours)
  • Social Interaction and Play (1 hour)
  • Research EEG (1 hour)
  • Interventions are on Saturday afternoons for 10 weeks during the winter or daily for two weeks in the summer.
  • Participation in research is necessary to receive the treatment

For more information about what it will be like to be part of SENSE Theater, please download and read this brochure.

The SENSE Theatre program works in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the University School of Nashville.

Participant Criteria

Children with Autism Spectrum disorder with no intellectual disability ages 8 to 16


Social Skills / theater intervention at no cost.

Visit Requirements

Pre and post visits as well as 10 sessions of theater intervention


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Contact Information

Ian Muse

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