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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

Enhancing self- management of individuals with severe disabilities using a cloud-connected technology: Tecla-e

Summary:

We are collaborating with a company called Komodo OpenLab to do a pre-market evaluation of their device called the Tecla-e. Tecla-e is a cloud-connected assistive device that provides users with control of their smart-devices and environment. It can control up to 8 Bluetooth-compatible devices or Internet-enabled appliances.

Participate in this study:

Do you or your child use a switch to communicate or interact with your environment? Consider participating in a research study evaluating a wireless interface for environmental and smart-device control.

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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Communicating through Emotions: Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to Identify Emotional Responses in Children

Summary:

We are currently recruiting typically developing children for a research study on brain-computer interfaces. This study will use near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), a measurement method that uses infrared light to detect changes in brain activity. We want to use NIRS to see if we can identify changes in emotional state from brain activity alone. In the future, we hope that such a device could be used as a way for children with severe motor impairments to communicate.  

Participate in this study:

Do you want to participate in a study that may help develop a communication device for children with severe motor impairments? Consider participating in our study. 

Stimulation for Perinatal Stroke – Optimizing Recovery Trajectories (SPORT)

Summary:

Many children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) have weakness and motor difficulties when using their hemiplegic hand.  We aim to find new ways to improve the hand function for kids with hemiplegic CP. We know from research that Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) camps promote use of the hand by limiting the use of the stronger hand by wearing a cast/splint combined with exercises of the hemiplegic hand.  In this research study, we are running a 2-week summer CIMT camp, where we will be exploring whether Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) helps to improve hand function when done in combination with CIMT. tDCS is a device that delivers a safe and very low level of electricity across the surface of the brain. We will also be taking pictures of the brain, to see what changes may happen in the brain when you do CIMT and tDCS.

Participate in this study:

Do you have a child or youth with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP)? Would they be interested in participating in a CIMT camp this summer with other kids to help work on moving and using their hemiplegic hand?  If so, consider joining this study!

Partners for enhancing healthy and productive work for young men and women with disabilities: Simulation and toolkit development phase (clinicians)

Summary:

We want clinicians’ input in developing an evidence-based toolkit to engage youth with disabilities in vocational rehabilitation (e.g. rapport development, gender-role expectations, self-advocacy, career development, disclosure decisions). 

Participate in this study:

Are you a clinician/service provider who has experience/interest in helping youth with disabilities in find employment? Consider participating in a study about developing an intervention to enhance gender-sensitive vocational approaches for clinicians.