Down Syndrome Study for Children and Teens

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 look at the relationship between disturbed sleep (as children with Down syndrome commonly don’t sleep well) and behavioral and cognitive processing in children and teens with Down syndrome.

Who can participate?

Children and teens 5 to 17 years old with Down syndrome may be eligible to participate.


  • Down Syndrome

What is involved?

The study involves your child wearing a sleep watch called an actigraph at night for a week and one study visit.

Also, you will:

  • Complete a short behavior diary at the end of each day and sleep diary each morning.
  • Come into Cincinnati Children’s to complete questionnaires and have your child evaluated for their cognitive and executive (ability to plan, solve problems, etc.) functioning.

What are the benefits?

Your child might not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study.  However, the information learned from this research study may help other children and teens with Down syndrome and their families in the future.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

Parents interested in having their 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, whom 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. 

What are the risks and discomforts of the study?

Possible risks and discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Families may receive up to $50 for time and effort. 

Who should I contact for more information?

Emily Porter


Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 4002

3333 Burnet Ave.

Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Principal Investigator

Anna Esbensen, PhD

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics- Psychology

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center