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.


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:

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