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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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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


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.

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

Development of a portable imagined speech based Brain Computer Interface using EEG and fNIRS


We are currently recruiting participants for a research study on brain‐computer interfaces. We are developing a brain‐computer interface that can potentially provide an intuitive means of communication to individuals who cannot move or speak using imagined speech.

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Do you want to use your brain signals to play 20 Questions with a computer? Consider participating in our study.

Enhancing the Human Dimensions of Clinical Care for Young People with Muscular Dystrophy


The proposed project aims to improve the care processes for young people with muscular dystrophy (MD) and their families. Through pilot work, we have developed an innovative methodology that engages multidisciplinary clinical team members to collectively examine and improve how the ‘human’ dimensions of living with MD are addressed within clinical care. ‘Human’ refers to the emotional, social, and moral dimensions of illness co-existing with the medical and functional dimensions.  To date we have developed a set of actionable recommendations for change in the local clinic. The proposed study aims to extend this work to advance the development of transferable skills and recommendations for MD clinical care for application across Ontario and Canada.  This is a multi-site, multi-method study. The work will be informed by the perspectives of children and families, and will partner with clinicians to produce, test, and refine recommendations. 

Getting started on looking for work- for youth with physical disabilities


Although youth with disabilities have much to gain from employment readiness programs, they are often excluded from, or have limited access to school and community vocational programs. One encouraging approach to address gaps in vocational programming is through peer mentoring, which may facilitate a smoother transition to adulthood by offering support to enhance coping skills. Mentoring has beneficial impacts on job training, educational attainment, social skills, self-esteem and work ethic. Our aim is to develop, implement and assess the feasibility of an online peer mentor employment readiness intervention for youth with physical disabilities and their parents to improve their self-efficacy, career maturity and social support.

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Are you a youth or young adult with a physical disability or a parent of a youth with a disability? Consider participating in a study about preparing for employment.

The Effect of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on Cognitive Performance in Healthy Adults


Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been shown to impact function on a range of thinking and learning tasks. We want to learn more about how tDCS can influence performance on these tasks.

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Are you a healthy adult between the ages of 18-35? Participate in a research study about the effects transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on memory.