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Participate in Research at Holland Bloorview

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

Validation and testing of a fabric-based electro-oculography (EOG) access technology

Summary:

We aim to test the ability of fabric-based electrodes (worn in a headband) to measure eye movement and blinking. This headband could eventually be used as a simple access technology for children and adults who retain voluntary movement of their eyes.

Participate in this study:

Consider participating in a research study testing new fabric-based electrodes! The study requires two 1-1.5hr sessions, which will take place in the Bloorview Research Institute at least 1 week apart. The sessions will be conducted at a convenient time for you.

Evaluation of Social ABCs with Attention Training Intervention for Toddlers with Suspected Autism

Summary:

Determine whether adding pre-intervention attentional training increases the effectiveness of the Social ABCs intervention program with particular focus on toddlers' social orienting.

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Families’ Experiences of Weight Management and Wellness in Children with Disabilities

Summary:

We have learnt that children with disabilities and weight management and wellness needs, along with their families often experience challenges and difficulties accessing health and wellness support and/or weight programs. There are a lot of things that can get in the way of having helpful conversations around things like healthy living and weight management during your child’s medical appointments.  As a result, we want to hear about yours and your child’s experiences discussing weight and health with your child’s doctors, nurses, and at their clinic appointments.

Participate in this study:

Consider participating in our study to help us understand the experiences of children with disabilities and their parents around weight management and wellness services and support and to shed light on how healthcare professionals can better serve families with children with disabilities who have higher weights.

Infant Sibling Study: Attention and Emotional Regulation in Typical Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Summary:

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We are trying to determine whether early behavioural signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be observed in young infants. Second we hope to learn more about whether differences in certain body signals (such as temperature, heart rate, sweating) during a variety of tasks can be observed. We want to see if these signs are different in infants who go on to have ASD, compared to those who do not.

Development and Plasticity of the Neural Network for Speech Motor Control

Summary:

We want to learn more about how the ability to speak develops. Our study looks at how kids of different ages perform in an activity where they say different words and listen to themselves saying them. This will help us understand more about how and at what age the brain develops the ability to produce speech.

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Do you want to help scientists find out more about how we learn to speak? Consider participating in a research study about speech development.