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


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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


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.

How should we explain a research study so more kids understand what’s involved?


Researchers invite children to take part in research. However, children may not know what a study involves or have a tough time making a decision about taking part. We want to learn how well researchers explain research studies to children who are invited to take part.

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Are you a parent of a child between the ages of 7-14? Are you between the ages of 7 and 14 years? Consider participating in our study!

Characterizing brain states using an electrical brain activity sensing headband


We are working with a private company to develop brain activity sensing applications. This study will evaluate a simple task related to focused attention with up to 20 participants wearing the Muse sensing headband and another electrical brain activity sensing system.

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Do you want to help develop a system that could be used to improve focus, concentration and stress management? Consider participating in a research study about the characterization of brain states.

Orofacial communication technology for children and youth with cerebral palsy


Access technologies can help people with severe motor disabilities to communicate. However, many of the available devices do not work for people who have little control over the movement of their limbs. We want to develop new access technologies for children and youth with cerebral palsy using one or more facial gestures (like tongue movement, eyebrow movements, or smiling).

Participate in this study:

Do you have a child with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs? Consider participating in our research study about novel access technologies based on oral and facial gestures!