KneuroKnits: Evaluating social participation and anxiety response associated with participation in a knitting group for youth with neurological conditions (ASD teen pilot)


The study will look to understand the social participation and anxiety responses associated with an 8-week group knitting program for youth with ASD.


Azadeh Kushki, PhD, Melanie Penner MD FRCP(C),Laura Hartman, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Participate in this study

Are you a youth with ASD interested in learning a new skill and interacting with other teens with ASD? Participate in our KneuroKnits knitting program.

Who can participate

Youth age 14-18 with a diagnosis of ASD are eligible to participate in the weekly 8-session program taking place at Holland Bloorview.

What's Involved

Study participants will attend an 8-session knitting program, KneuroKnits, at Holland Bloorview where they will learn how to knit and have opportunities to socialize with other youth with ASD. We will take physiological measures of anxiety (heart rate), and ask them to participate in three short questionnaires and a 30-60 minute interview following the program to understand their experiences. Participants will receive knitting supplies to practice and keep.


Recruitment ends November 17, 2017

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Melanie Penner at mpenner@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 extension 3207 with your interest, and she will get back to your shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Funding Agency

This research is funded by the Holland Bloorview Centres for Leadership in Innovation, Child Development, and Participation and Inclusion.

Learn more about this study

Please do not share any confidential information. The research team will contact you by phone or email to provide more details about this study.