Child OCD & Anxiety Disorders Program

Kid Power Camp

This study aims to help us learn how Kid Power camps, using either structured games or child-led play in a group setting, may lower anxiety in preschool age children. Children ages 4-5 may be eligible to participate.

Who Can Participate?

  • Age (years) is between 4 and 5
  • Is bothered by too much worry or fear
    • Note: Anxiety does not have to be previously diagnosed. Your child may be eligible even without a formal “disorder.”
    • Children worries or fears that interfere with their functioning in some way (examples include school reluctance/avoidance or low performance, fear of sleeping alone, extreme shyness, reluctance to use the bathroom) may be eligible to participate.

What is Involved?

  • Families with eligible children ages 4-5 will be asked to complete one of two research opportunities. One group of children will be assigned to a structured games camp. Another group of children will be assigned to a child-led playgroup camp. Both groups of children will complete 5 half-days of camp during late afternoon weekdays and/or weekend mornings.
  • All participants will additionally be asked to complete pre- and post-visits with research staff. During the pre- and post-visits, children will complete an EEG (to measure brain activity in a noninvasive way) and play several games/tasks with a study team member. Parents will complete questionnaires about themselves and their child. Each visit typically takes 2-3 hours to complete, totaling 11-15 hours.
  • All study visits at the U-M site are expected to take place at the Rachel Upjohn Building, located on the University of Michigan’s East Medical Campus. Parking is free and accessilbe.

Compensation

Participants will receive up to $275 in total compensation ($200 for completing pre- and post- study visits and $75 for camp). Payments are pro-rated based on completion of study events.

Interested? Complete a research interest form or contact the Kid Power study team at: kid-power@med.umich.edu.

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