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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

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!

Exploring the Role of Social Support after Concussion in High School Students

Summary:

We want to understand more about social support after a concussion. We want you to share your stories about the role that social support has in concussion recovery. We want to learn what was helpful, difficult or what you wish was different.       

                                                        

Participate in this study:

Are you a high school student? Have you had a concussion? Considering participating in our study.

The Challenge Module for evaluating advanced motor skills of children with cerebral palsy (CP)

Summary:

Children with CP often have difficulty with more advanced physical skills, like running and jumping. These skills help children to participate fully in physical activities at home and in school.

We are developing and refining the Challenge module so that physiotherapists can measure children’s abilities on advanced physical skills. This can help physiotherapists to match children’s abilities with physical activities they enjoy or would like to try, and set personal goal plans. 

Participate in this study:

Children with CP often have difficulty with more advanced physical skills, like running and jumping. These skills help children to participate fully in physical activities at home and in school.

We are developing and refining the Challenge module so that physiotherapists can measure children’s abilities on advanced physical skills. This can help physiotherapists to match children’s abilities with physical activities they enjoy or would like to try, and set personal goal plans. 

Children and Teens in Charge of their Health: A feasibility study of solution-focused coaching to foster healthy lifestyles in children and young people with physical disabilities

Summary:

We want to see whether a type of coaching called “solution-focused coaching” makes it easier for young people with physical disabilities to be in charge of their own health. This coaching will help young people set goals around healthy eating and doing exercise that is right for you. We also want to hear what you think about healthy habits and what you think about solution-focused coaching.

Participate in this study:

Do you want to be in charge of your own health and learn about physical activity and healthy eating? Considering participating in our study!

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.