Clinical Trials Office

Research Study for Children With Reading Difficulties

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 with reading difficulties to that of typical readers following reading training.

Who can participate?

Children 8 to 12 years old who have diagnosed with a reading disability and have no history of mental illness or head trauma 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 other 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.  

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

513-636-0160

nicole.cicchino@cchmc.org

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