Exploring caregivers’ experiences related to the use of a smart toothbrush by children with autism spectrum disorder

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Study Overview

The objective of this study is to examine caregiver reactions to the use of the hum by Colgate Smart Kids Toothbrush and associated app by children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Little is known about what caregivers for children with intellectual disabilities would consider “successful assistance” for achieving better oral health. Research has identified a number of factors that contribute to poor oral health in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including difficulty tolerating home and professional oral care, sensory processing differences, uncooperative behaviors, communication impairments, as well as challenges finding and accessing professional oral care services.

Study Description

This is a single-center, pretest-posttest, non-randomized, clinical study involving interviews with caregivers prior to utilization of the research toothbrush and after 4 weeks of product use by the child. All participants enrolled will be children ages 5-12 years and their primary caregivers. Participants will be asked to utilize a Hum by Colgate Smart Kids Toothbrush (manual or battery-powered) for four weeks.

To assure that subjects are comfortable with the oral care regime proposed, toothbrushes will be distributed based on the subject's previous oral hygiene habits. Children who are currently using manual brushes will receive the Hum by Colgate Smart Manual Kids Toothbrush, likewise, children who are used to battery-powered toothbrushes will receive the Hum by Colgate Smart Kids battery-powered toothbrush.

The Hum by Colgate Smart Manual Kids Toothbrush is a smart toothbrush that uses augmented reality to engage children during toothbrushing through the use of games, providing guidance on brushing techniques. This study aims to capture caregiver reactions such as how easy and enjoyable the use of the toothbrush and app seemed to be for their child with ASD and how useful the caregiver found the connected toothbrush to be. These insights will explore the value of utilizing ‘smart’ toothbrush technologies for the engagement of children with ASD in oral hygiene through the perspective of the caregiver.

Additional Information:

If you are qualified to participate in this study, you and your child will be asked to attend a total of 2 study visits (Visit 1 [Baseline/Screening], and Visit 2 (4 weeks after Visit 1). You and your child will be compensated for your participation, in the amount of $440 for 2 visits ($200 for Visit 1, $240 for Visit 2). You must meet all attendance requirements. If you do not complete the study of your own free will, you may receive a pro-rated portion of the compensation at the discretion of the Study Investigators.

If you attend Visit 1 but do not qualify for the study, you will be compensated $100.

Compensation will be provided as a Greenphire ClinCard.

If the legal guardian is not the same individual as the caregiver, compensation for each visit will be split between the legal guardian/child and the caregiver (50% each).

  • Study Identifier: 850364

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