Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Study For 7th Graders with High-Functioning ASD and Their Parent

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a focus group to help us develop strategies to teach middle-school with ASD how to organize, plan, study and complete homework.

Who can participate?

Children in the 7th grade who have high-functioning ASD and one of their parents may be eligible to participate.


  • Autism - Fragile X

What will happen in the study?

We will bring you and your child in for a screening visit to see if you are a good fit to take part in a focus group about an academic intervention for middle-school children. In this initial visit:

  • We will ask you some questions.
  • You will fill out rating scales, and your child will complete some activities.
  • We will also ask your child’s teachers to complete a rating scale.

Based on the results of the initial visit and teacher ratings, you and your child may be asked to participate in a focus group.

In the group, you and your child will:

  • Review materials and be asked questions about academic study skills
  • Answer questions and give your thoughts about the proposed intervention

You 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 good things that can happen from this research?

Being in this study may not help your child right now. When we complete the study, we hope that we will know more about what to include in an intervention that may help children with ASD to perform better in school. This may help other children with ASD in the future.

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?

Families will receive up to $300 for participation.


Contact Us.Nicole Estell
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Leanne Tamm, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Amie Duncan, PhD
Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics - Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center