Clinical Trials / Research Studies
Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Autism and Emotion Dysregulation Study for Children 8 to 12 Years Old and Their Caregivers

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children's is conducting a research study to test how well a treatment program called Regulating Together works for children diagnosed with ASD who have emotion dysregulation difficulties.

Who can participate?

Children 8 to 12 years old with ASD and emotion dysregulation 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.


  • Autism

What will happen in the study?

This study evaluates how well a group therapy program called Regulating Together works. Families will be randomized to either an emotion dysregulation group or a study skills group. All participants will complete 5 visits, and children and caregivers will participate in group therapy twice a week for five weeks and complete an individual consult at the end of the group.

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 may also be asked to attend caregiver groups if randomized to Regulating Together.

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, handling problems, or study skills. When we finish the study, we hope that we will know more about the Regulating Together treatment program and potentially be able to improve how well it works for children with autism. This may help researchers to better understand emotional dysregulation 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 will receive up to $220 and treatment at no cost for either emotion dysregulation or study skills.


Contact Us.

Jenny Harms

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

Study Doctor

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