Babies, Children, Teens and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Needed for a Research Study

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to create a repository, or storage area, of biological samples (such as blood or urine) and matching data from people who have developmental disabilities.  Examples of developmental disabilities include, but are not limited to, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Fragile X Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and Down syndrome.

The repository and data will be used by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s to ensure they have the samples they need to understand the causes of developmental disabilities and to identify traits of the diseases.

Who can participate?

Those eligible to participate are babies, children, teens and adults who:

  • Are at least 18 months old


  • Have a developmental disability.

Families may also be eligible participate in this study.

What will happen in the study?

You or your child can take part in this research study.  Both you and your child are able to participate.  You can complete up to 4 study visits each year. 

During the study, all participants will be asked to complete some tests and procedures, including:

  • Demographic questionnaire
  • Review of medical and developmental history, including medication/supplement use
  • Family medical history
  • Questionnaires and checklists
  • Interview about adaptive functioning skills
  • Eye tracking
  • Developmental/IQ testing (optional for healthy control subjects)
  • Neurocognitive testing using computer based programming
  • Blood draw, urine sample, and/or cheek swab (for those under 24 months and/or those unable to provide a blood sample)
  • Maternal Pregnancy questionnaire and consent to release medical records of mother’s pregnancy care/course (optional, will be collected when participants enroll with their biological mother present during the visit)

Developmental disability participants will also be asked to complete the following:

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

  • Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC)

Additional tests may be completed for those 18 and under including:

  • Child Behavior Checklist  or CBCL (completed for participants ages 1.5 to 18 years)
  • Pediatric Quality of Life Scale (completed for participants ages 2 to 18 years)

Many checklists and questionnaires can be completed at home and mailed back to the hospital, or completed over the phone with a member of the study team.

Anyone interested in participating will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

You or your child will not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study. However, the information learned from this study may benefit other patients with developmental disabilities in the future.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

Any discomforts or risks will be discussed with you if you are interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants may receive $10 per study visit for their time and travel. 

Who should I contact for more information?
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Child Psychiatry
3333 Burnet Ave., MLC 4002
Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Study Doctor:

Craig Erickson, MD
Division of Child Psychiatry
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center