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Pediatric Stroke: Impact on Cerebral Connectivity and Social Competence Project

What is the Pediatric Stroke: Impact on Cerebral Connectivity and Social Competence Project?

This project will help us find out more about how children and their families adjust after children have suffered a stroke. One way for us to know how strokes affect children is to compare them with children who have not had any injury to their brains.

In the long run, we believe this study will help children with strokes receive better care. We also hope to share what we learn with others, so that we can help children across the country.


Who can participate in this study?

We are looking for children between the ages of 7 and 18 years old who have either suffered a stroke or are healthy. We will be comparing the social functioning of the two groups of children.


What will happen during this study?

If you choose to participate, your child will come to Nationwide Children's Hospital or the Ohio State University for three study visits. Each visit will last about 1-4 hours. Your decision to participate is completely voluntary. If you decide not to participate, it will not affect your child's care at Nationwide Children's Hospital now or in the future.

  • During the first visit, we will screen your child's eligibility for MRI screening. All children will lie down in a mock or imitation MRI scanner for about an hour to test their ability to lie still in a scanner.
  • If your child is able to lie still in the imitation scanner, we will test your child's learning and thinking skills and neurological function.
  • While your child is being tested, we will interview you about your child's social functioning and also have you complete questionnaires about you, your child and your family.
  • In the second visit, which is at The Ohio State University, your child will have a functional MRI scan of the brain while he/she is resting quietly and awake.


Is this risky or painful?

There are no major risks from being enrolled in this study. The study does NOT involve pills, needles, radiation or any other risky or painful medical procedures. Certain individuals should not have an MRI scan, and we will ask questions to be certain that we can safely perform an MRI scan on your child.

There is a slight chance that your child could become anxious about the testing, or you could become upset while discussing your child's medical condition. If your child becomes too nervous in the MRI scanner, we can stop the test. Our research staff is experienced in testing children and in working with families. They will do all they can to make participating in the study a pleasant experience for you and your child.


Does this cost anything?

There is no cost for this study, apart from your time. We will not bill you or your insurance company for participation in the study. Your child will also receive modest compensation for their time, because you will be doing us a favor by participating in the study.


What will I get out of it?

You will get feedback on how your child did on the tests. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped improve our understanding of children with strokes. Only you, the project staff and our internal research ethics board will have access to results on your specific child. No names or information that identifies your child will be included in any publication or presentation.


Who can I contact for more information?

For more details, please contact Katlyn Latimer at (614) 722-2575 or

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000