Clinical Trials / Research Studies
Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Down Syndrome Study for Children 2.5 to 7 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children's is conducting a study to learn more about what language measures are best to use when evaluating children with Down syndrome.

Who can participate?

Children 2.5 to 7 years old with Down syndrome may be eligible to participate. One parent or legal guardian will also be asked to participate.


  • Down Syndrome

What will happen in the study?

This study includes 3 visits over 1 year. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study:

Your child:

  • Will be asked to interact with one of our study team members in two settings- a floor play activity and a table play activity – while we observe and collect information about his/her communication.
  • Participate in three other activities that will help us to look at their problem solving and communication skills.
  • Will be video-recorded at each visit while completing the activities to help us fully evaluate his/her communication skills.

You, as the parent or guardian, will:

  • Be asked to complete some questionnaires that will give us more information about his/her communication skills and behavior.
  • Be asked questions about your child’s daily living skills.

Parents or 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 good things that can happen from this research?

Being in this study may not help your child right now. When we complete this study, we hope that we will know more about how to measure communication outcomes in children with Down syndrome. This may help other children with Down syndrome in the future.

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

There is very little risk to taking part in this study. Your child might get tired or frustrated while completing the tests.

Other possible 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 may receive up to $165 for time and effort.


Contact Us.Study Coordinator
Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Anna Esbensen, PhD
Thomas Center for Down Syndrome
Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center