Autism Study to be Completed at Home for 8 to 18 Years Olds and Their Caregivers

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study that can be completed at home to test the effectiveness of an ASD treatment program called Regulating Together in people diagnosed with ASD and emotion regulation difficulties.

Who can participate?

Children and teens 8 to 18 years old with ASD and emotion regulation difficulties may be eligible to participate. Each participant must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who also will be asked to participate in the study.


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What will happen in the study?

This study evaluates the effectiveness of a virtual group therapy program called Regulating Together. Families will complete 5 remote visits via video chat, and parents will participate in a virtual group therapy twice a week for five weeks.  Children 8 to 12 years old will be provided with videos covering therapy material. Teenagers 13 to 18 years old will participate in live group therapy sessions. Additionally, material will be provided for parents to complete with their children to introduce and reinforce skills.

As a parent/guardian enrolled in the study you will attend all research visits, complete parent measures about your child and measures about the therapy sessions. You will participate in the parent/guardian virtual therapy group. You will also be responsible for ensuring that your child reviews materials. Teen parents will be responsible for ensuring teens attend virtual group therapy sessions.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

Being in this study may not help you or your child right now with managing emotions and handling problems. When we finish the study, we hope that we will know more about the Regulating Together treatment program and potentially be able to improve its effectiveness. This may help researchers to better understand emotional regulation and potentially help them develop better treatments for others with ASD.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

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

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants in this sub-section will receive up to $200. This is in addition to payment received for participation in the main study.


Contact Us.Shelley Randall

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Dr. Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center