Children With Autism Take The Stage In Nashville Theater Camp

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Children With Autism Take The Stage In Nashville Theater Camp

CREATED Jun 14, 2014
by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn - The curtain raised Friday night on a group of young actors who have never been on stage before.

It was the first performance of "Bridges" by the Sense Theater Project through Vanderbilt's center for Research on Human Development.

Most of the actors are kids with some form of autism.

"Sense" is a two-week long camp where the kids learn how to act on stage, but at the same time are breaking down barriers within themselves.

"If these kids are having trouble socially interacting with peers, they're having trouble with play," said Sense director Dr. Blythe Corbett. "What we're trying to instill is that interacting with your fellow peers can be really fun. We're hoping it translates to their school environment."

There have been five "Sense" camps put on in the last couple of years but this is the first time the two stars of the show have autism.

To learn more about the Sense Theater Project, visit their website. http://www.sensetheatre.com/

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