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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.

Select from the categories below to find a research study that is right for you – there are many opportunities to get involved.

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List of research studies

Evaluation of a motor imagery EEG brain-computer interface as a communication modality for children with cerebral palsy

Summary:

We are currently recruiting typically developing children/youth between the ages of 8 and 16 years, for a research study on brain-computer interfaces. This research will contribute to the development of a communication device for individuals with severe motor impairment, such as those with severe forms of cerebral palsy. This study will use electroencephalography (EEG), which allows detection of changes in electrical brain activity during the imagination of movement of different body parts.

Participate in this study:

We invite you to take part in a research study to help develop a communication device for individuals with severe motor impairments, such as those with severe forms of cerebral palsy.

Toward understanding the real-world effectiveness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for students in school activity settings

Summary:

Our research team wants to develop a way to measure the ‘real world’ effectiveness of AAC systems for students with complex communication needs.  We plan to do this by developing a new questionnaire that educators complete to allow us to detect changes in the everyday functioning of students who use AAC systems in school settings.

Participate in this study:

Are you an educator who has supported a student who used AAC within the past two years? Consider taking a survey about students who use AAC at school!


HB FIRST Robotics

Summary:

What is this study about:

This study will explore youth’s experiences and impact of the HB FIRST® program to understand how the program can support social inclusion and science and technology-based learning for youth with disabilities.

Participate in this study:

Are you or your child participating in Holland Bloorview’s FIRST® robotics program?

Consider participating in a research study about the program’s impacts on social inclusion and learning.

TimeTogether

Summary:

Build new friendships through fun, creative group-based activities! 

This study looks at the impact of an inclusive leisure activity program on youths' confidence and motivation towards leisure activity, motor and fitness skills, and the relationships they form in the program. Youth will participate in a 10-week group program, consisting of 1 hour weekly sessions. Sessions will involve a variety of seated leisure activities (e.g., drama, board games, arts, and crafts) in a friendly, supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

Participate in this study:

Are you interested in socially inclusive leisure activity programs or have a child who is interested in socially inclusive leisure activity programs? Consider participating in our study.

Comparing Approaches to Rehabilitation for Youth with Concussion

Summary:

Have you had a concussion? Have you had post-concussion symptoms for more than 2 weeks?  You may be eligible to take part in this research study. We want to learn if a low intensity exercise program can help youth with concussion symptoms.  This study will help us develop approaches to caring for youth after concussion and helping them return to the activities that are important in their lives (sport, school, social life.)


Participate in this study:

We want to learn more about how an education approach along with low intensity exercise can help youth with concussion symptoms. This study will help us develop approaches to caring for youth after concussion and helping them return to activities that are important in their lives (sport, school, social life).