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Holland Bloorview’s research institute conducts need-based and ground breaking health research to make a real-world impact in the lives of children and youth with a disability, and their families.

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List of research studies

Characterizing brain states using an electrical brain activity sensing headband

Summary:

We are working with a private company to develop brain activity sensing applications. This study will evaluate a simple task related to focused attention with up to 20 participants wearing the Muse sensing headband and another electrical brain activity sensing system.

Participate in this study:

Do you want to help develop a system that could be used to improve focus, concentration and stress management? Consider participating in a research study about the characterization of brain states.

Orofacial communication technology for children and youth with cerebral palsy

Summary:

Access technologies can help people with severe motor disabilities to communicate. However, many of the available devices do not work for people who have little control over the movement of their limbs. We want to develop new access technologies for children and youth with cerebral palsy using one or more facial gestures (like tongue movement, eyebrow movements, or smiling).

Participate in this study:

Do you have a child with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs? Consider participating in our research study about novel access technologies based on oral and facial gestures!

Project VRTs: Exploring technologies for virtual reality therapy of young people with cerebral palsy

Summary:

Video games can make hand and arm therapy activities more fun for kids. We would like to explore the potential of these technologies for being used in video games that might motivate physical therapy in kids with cerebral palsy. We would like to see if these technologies can detect movements involved in arm and hand therapy and how we can build fun and engaging video games that make use of them.

Participate in this study:

Do you wish hand and arm therapies could be more fun? Participate in the design and evaluation of novel technologies for playing video games for upper body therapies.

A Novel Device to Improve Mobility with Lower-limb Prostheses

Summary:

We are currently developing a wearable biofeedback system for use with lower-limb prostheses. Once developed the biofeedback system could serve as a training tool for lower-limb amputees to improve gait and balance. This study aims to help us better understand how to design such device.

Each participant will attend two 1-hour sessions at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. During the experiments, you will be wearing a “mock socket” with small vibrating motors on your thigh. You will be instructed to react to vibration, flex and extend your right knee.

Feelings About Balance

Summary:

Physical activity improves social life, quality of life, and health. There is evidence that youth with physical disabilities do not try as many different activities as youth who do not have disabilities. One reason might be that they may have lower confidence in their ability to keep their balance during certain activities or settings as a result of their disability.  Right now, we have no way to measure balance confidence in youth.  We think that therapists need to be able to measure balance confidence to know what to work on in their treatment to help youth become more active in physical activities.

As a result, we are making a questionnaire for youth ages 9 to 18 years to be able to tell us how confident they are about their balance. Later on, we will test our new questionnaire to make sure it measures balance confidence accurately, and look at how balance confidence is related to actual balance and participation in physical activities.