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ERIC Number: EJ917921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Theatre as Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Corbett, Blythe A.; Gunther, Joan R.; Comins, Dan; Price, Jenifer; Ryan, Niles; Simon, David; Schupp, Clayton W.; Rios, Taylor
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n4 p505-511 Apr 2011
The pilot investigation evaluated a theatrical intervention program, Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology (SENSE) Theatre, designed to improve socioemotional functioning and reduce stress in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eight children with ASD were paired with typically developing peers that served as expert models. Neuropsychological, biological (cortisol and oxytocin), and behavioral measures were assessed in a pretest-posttest design. The intervention was embedded in a full musical theatrical production. Participants showed some improvement in face identification and theory of mind skills. The intervention shows potential promise in improving the socioemotional functioning in children with ASD through the utilization of peers, video and behavioral modeling, and a community-based theatrical setting. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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