Purpose

Our treatment, SENSE Theatre, combines several well-documented, effective behavioral strategies and theatre techniques. The proposed project will extend previous findings showing improving improvement in memory for faces. The multisite randomized control trial will include a large sample of 240 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) randomly assigned to the experimental (SENSE Theatre) or an active control condition (Tackling Teenage Together).

Condition

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Between 8 Years and 16 Years
Eligible Genders
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
No

Inclusion Criteria

  • Children with high-functioning ASD (IQ > or = to 70).

Exclusion Criteria

  • Children who evidence aggression toward other people.

Study Design

Phase
N/A
Study Type
Interventional
Allocation
Randomized
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Treatment
Masking
Single (Outcomes Assessor)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Experimental
SENSE Theatre
SENSE Theatre is a peer-mediated, theatre-based intervention targeting social competence in youth with autism spectrum disorder. The 40 hour intervention is comprised of 10 sessions in which trained typically peers are paired with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Behavioral: SENSE Theatre
    SENSE Theatre is a peer-mediated, theatre-based intervention targeting social competence in youth with autism spectrum disorder. The 40 hour intervention is comprised of 10 sessions in which trained typically peers are paired with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Active Comparator
Tackling Teenage Together
The Tackling Teenage Together is a psychosocial and sexual education program developed for youth with ASD. It is comprised of 10 sessions.
  • Behavioral: Tackling Teenage Together
    The Tackling Teenage Together is a psychosocial and sexual education program developed for youth with ASD. It is comprised of 10 sessions.

Recruiting Locations

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

More Details

NCT ID
NCT03368001
Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Study Contact

Blythe A Corbett, Ph.D.
615-936-0280
blythe.corbett@vanderbilt.edu

Notice

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