Investigating Social Competence in Youth with Autism

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


Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying the effects of two treatments developed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the following treatments.

  • SENSE Theatre is a performance-based intervention targeting social skills that includes trained peer actors and theatre techniques.
  • Tackling Teenage Training is an education program that involves teaching youth with ASD about psychological, social and sexual development.


The intervention is no cost to you

Research visits before and after the treatment:

  • Psychological Testing (2 hours)
  • Social Interaction (10 minutes)
  • Research EEG (1 hour)
  • Intervention takes place over 10 sessions on Saturdays or weekday late afternoons.
  • Participation in research is necessary to receive the treatment

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

  • Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Are between 10 and 16 years of age


Download Brochure

Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 2022

Enter your name and contact information and this study's coordinators will contact you if there are openings available.