What will happen in the study?
If your child qualifies and you decide you want to be in this research study, you and your child will come to Cincinnati Children’s for 1 visit lasting about 60 minutes.
During this study, study staff will videotape you playing with your child for 20 minutes (either with toys provided by us or already owned by you). Sometimes you and your child will play together, and sometimes your child will play by him or herself while you are in the room.
While playing, you and your child will wear an eye-tracking device with two mini video cameras that allows us to record gestures and attention. You and your child may also wear motion sensors, much like lightweight gloves, to monitor movements.
At the end of the study we may show your child a series of 2 toys and say 1 name. We will record which object your child reaches for, points at, or looks at. There are no right or wrong answers. We may also ask your child to respond to questions about pictures they are shown.
You may be asked to fill out a checklist of early words, phrases, and/or gestures of the words your child currently understands and/or says.
If you are interested, the study team may ask if you would be willing to come back for follow-up testing or an additional session.
Parents/guardians interested in having their child participate 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 bad things that can happen from this research?
While participating in the study, if your child should should want to discontinue participation, for any reason at any time, the study will be stopped.
A detailed list of possible side effects will be provided to those parents or guardians interested in knowing more about this study.