Clinical Trials

Has Your Child or Teen Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury? You Could Help Us with a New Attention and Thinking Program.

What is the purpose of this study?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to see if a computer program called Attention Intervention and Management (AIM) can reduce attention deficits in children and teens that have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

Who can participate?

Those eligible for participation are children and teens, 9 to 18 years old, who have:

  • Sustained a TBI

and

  • Are experiencing difficulties with attention.

What is involved?

Information collected at the baseline and follow-up visits will be kept for about 3 years.  

If you and your child agree to participate and your child qualifies for this study, your child will be scheduled for baseline and follow-up appointments, at your convenience, at Cincinnati Children’s Main Campus for neuropsychological testing.

Shortly after your baseline appointment, you will be contacted by a trained therapist to describe the AIM program and set up the initial AIM visit.

Over the next 10 weeks, your child will then complete the AIM intervention.  Each week your child will:

  • Spend up to 3 hours working on intervention related materials (one of the hours will be face-to-face with a trained coach either at the hospital or at home)
  • Complete up to 2 remaining hours, per week, on their own at home

Once your child finishes the AIM program, you and your child will come back to the research lab for a follow-up visit where your child will complete similar cognitive measures as the first session in the research lab. 

What are the benefits?

There is potential for participants with TBI to experience therapeutic benefits beyond those of usual care, such as improved attention and executive function skills, from participation in this program.

Information gained from this study may help health care providers understand how to address and promote healthy development of children with TBI.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

You as a participant or as a parent interested in having your child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. The form covers all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the pay, who to contact with questions or concerns and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered. Study procedures will not begin until a parent or guardian has signed this form and, if of age, the child has given at minimum his/her verbal agreement.

What are the risks and discomforts of the study?

A detailed list of possible risks and side effects will be provided to those participants, parents or guardians interested in knowing more about this study.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Participants will be compensated for their time and travel.

Who should I contact for more information?

Holly MacPherson

513-636-2981

AIM@cchmc.org

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4009

Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Principal Investigator

Shari L. Wade, PhD   

Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Weihong Yuan, PhD

Neuroimaging Research Consortium

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center