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Making SENSE

SENSE Theatre a stage of hope for children with Autism

(January 5, 2009; Davis, Calif.) — For children with Autism, simple communication with others can be extremely challenging. Now, a program called SENSE Theater is helping those with the neurodevelopmental disorder that affects approximately 1 in 150 American children and 1 in 94 boys.

            SENSE Theater is a unique theatrical intervention research program designed to improve the social and emotional functioning of children with Autism. The new and innovative program is a blending of youth actors, who are experts in social communication and language, with autistic children who have challenges around basic social interactions.

            On Friday, Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., a benefit will be held for the founding of the SENSE Theater at the 250-seat Davis Musical Theatre, located at 607 Peña Drive in Davis. Tickets are available for $50. Youth actors and children with autism will perform onstage, demonstrating how art and science can come together to both heal and educate. In addition, Franc D’Ambrosio, who has earned the title of “The World’s Longest Running Phantom of the Opera” after playing the role over 3,000 times, including the national tour and the San Francisco run for over 5 years, will give a very special performance. SENSE Theater’s first full stage production, set for June 2009, will be “Disney’s The Jungle Book.”

            “SENSE Theater is a rich opportunity for both parents and professionals to team up together to create a visionary and imaginative community-based intervention program,” says Blythe Corbett, Ph.D. who is co-founder of SENSE Theater, along with parent advocate, Christine Totah. Corbett, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, Davis, and a pediatric neuropsychologist with the M.I.N.D. Institute shares, “The theatre aids in enhancing communication and relating to one another. The theatre can be transforming for many people - - especially for children with autism.”

            For more information, call (530) 756-3682 or visit www.sensetheatre.com.

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