Brighter Connections Theatre uses best practices and methods based on research. The following sources are a partial list of past and recent research in the therapeutic use of theatre.
Bailes, Sara Jane. Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure. Routledge, 2011.
Bailey, Sally Dorothy. Wings To Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students with Special Needs. Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852, 1993.
Brunetto, Kelly Kingsbury. Performing the Art of Language Learning: Deepening the Learning Experience Through Theatre and Drama. Deep University Press, 2015.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Facts about ASD.” CDC.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html (accessed July 18, 2017).
Corbett, Blythe A., Scott D. Blain, Sara Ioannou, and Maddie Balser. "Changes in Anxiety Following a Randomized Control Trial of a Theatre-Based Intervention for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Autism 21, no. 3 (2017): 333-343.
Fox, Alice, and Hannah Macpherson. Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: A Critical Manifesto. Routledge, 2015.
Kim, A., Sarah Stembridge, Christopher Lawrence, Vincent Torres, Nancy Miodrag, J. Lee, and D. Boynes. "Neurodiversity on the Stage: The Effects of Inclusive Theatre on Youth with Autism." International Journal of Education and Social Science 2, no. 9 (2015): 27-39.
Nelson, Andrew. Foundation Role Plays for Autism: Role-plays for Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parents, Peers, Teachers and Other Professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010.
O’Leary, Kathryn. "The Effects of Drama Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders." http://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=honorsprojects
Ramamoorthi, Parasuram, and Andrew Nelson. "Drama Education for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum." Key concepts in theatre/drama education (2011): 177.
Reading, Suzanne, James Reading, Robert J. Padgett, Samantha Reading, and Pete Pryor. "The Use of Theatre to Develop Social and Communication Behaviors for Students with Autism." Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy 1, no. 1 (2015).
Silverman, Yehudit. "Drama therapy theoretical perspectives." Creative Arts Therapies Manual: A Guide to the History, Theoretical Approaches, Assessment, and Work with Special Populations of Art, Play, Dance, Music, Drama, and Poetry Therapies (2006): 223.