Research Study for Healthy Children 8 to 12 Years Old

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 compare the brain activity of children without reading problems to that of children who have reading difficulties following reading training.

Who can participate?

Healthy children 8 to 12 years old without reading difficulties may be eligible to participate.  Families need to have access to a computer at home to participate.

What is involved?

Participation in this research study will involve 3 study visits. A detailed list of procedures will be provided to parents or guardians interested in knowing more about this study.  Here are some of the procedures:

Your child:

  • Will have a reading and cognitive assessment
  • May have an MRI scan of their brain and be asked to complete reading, memory and response tasks while being scanned
  • May receive training about a computerized reading program that he/she will be asked to do at home

You will:

  • Be asked about your child’s behavior, school performance, relationships with family and friends, medical history, treatment and medication
  • Be asked to help your child with a computerized reading program at home

What are the benefits?

Your child will not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study.  However, the information learned from this study may benefit children who have reading problems 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?

If your child does receive the MRI scan, he/she may experience some mild discomfort, due to the noise produced by the scanner. He/she will be provided with earplugs and headphones to reduce the noise level.  If your child feels uncomfortable while in the scanner, he/she can be removed at any point.  Other possible 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 $100 for time and travel.  

Who should I contact for more information?

Nicole Cicchino


Division of Child Psychiatry

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 3014

3333 Burnet Ave.

Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Principal Investigator

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

Neuroimaging Research Consortium

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center