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We conduct need-based and ground breaking health research to make a real-world impact.
We are currently developing a wearable biofeedback system for use with lower-limb prostheses. Once developed the biofeedback system could serve as a training tool for lower-limb amputees to improve gait and balance.
Access technologies can help people with severe motor impairments communicate. However, many of the available devices have limited customization potential. We have created an access technology which users will be able to personalize at home to recognize their specific vocalizations, keywords and/or facial movements. We want to evaluate the performance and usability of this new access technology.
A survey study to explore the air travel experiences of families of children and youth with physical disabilities.
Our team aims to shed light on the air travel experiences of caregivers of children with physical disabilities since their perspectives have been largely underrepresented. We hope that our findings will help to further advance the accessibility of air travel and enhance the experiences of families living with childhood disabilities.
This survey study aims to understand how people involved in child development and rehabilitation connect with others to share and use knowledge, so that we can identify where strong connections and gaps exist across Canada, and take steps to strengthen them.
Our aim with this project is to co-create a user-friendly switch-accessible DJ app in collaboration with clients and families, as well as music therapists and music therapy students.
We are developing a wearable system that analyzes walking patterns of lower-limb prostheses users and provides feedback. Once developed, the system could serve as a training tool for lower-limb amputees to improve mobility.
Accuracy of community pediatricians’ diagnosis of developmental concerns compared to a multi- disciplinary team assessment
We are studying how we identify and diagnose children with developmental concerns in Ontario.
This study will help us develop a better understanding of autistic adults/adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by exploring aging and brain function.
Our team is trying to identify the clinical profiles of children diagnosed with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Communication can be challenging for children without expressive speech and functional movements. We are currently developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) communication system for children with disabilities. We hope to find out if children with special communication needs can learn to use this technology to communicate basic messages.
Bi-weekly outpatient rehabilitation program for young children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) treated with genetic-based therapies
Current clinical studies have found that active rehabilitation may improve physical function in children with SMA. However, no one knows for sure how active therapy may add to the benefits of genetic based therapies alone. We hope to determine if our outpatient rehabilitation program will improve physical function in children with SMA treated with genetic based therapies.
Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network “CP-NET” – Clinical Database Platforms
The Childhood Cerebral Palsy (CP) Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network “CP-NET” is designed to bring together children with CP, their families, and clinical and basic scientists to foster neuroscience discoveries through integrated translation. Understanding the underlying neuroscience mechanisms, pathology, physiology, and genomics of CP is critical to developing improved treatments. In particular there is a critical need to link translationally-oriented neuroscience research with cutting-edge neurorehabilitation approaches for CP.
The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital would like to learn more about the experiences of youth with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like you to complete an interview and get your perspective on how you have adjusted to change, and your mental and physical health.
We want to learn from youth with disabilities about their views on patient engagement in research – what it means to them and how we can support this.
Enhancing Care for Young People with Muscular Dystrophy: Addressing the Human Dimensions of Progressive Illness Experience
This project aims to explore and enhance compassionate care for young people with muscular dystrophy (MD) and their families.
We want to understand the experiences of working and looking for work among youth with non-visible disabilities who identify as belonging to a minority racial and/or ethnic group Specifically, we want to learn about how your identity impacts your experiences with workplace inclusion, disability disclosure, and workplace accommodations.
Health and wellness are important aspects of the care provided to children and youth with CP at Holland Bloorview. Yet despite its importance incorporating a wellness approach into clinical practice remains a challenge. Barriers such as lack of resources and time, uncertainty regarding how to prioritize wellness aims, and how to address the diverse and individual needs of children and families, can interfere with wellness promotion. Our study will partner with clinicians, children and families to collaboratively identify and attend to the wellness needs and aspirations of children with CP and families , toward the delivery of holistic, family and child-centred care. In this study “wellness” refers to the emotional, existential, social, and moral dimensions of illness experiences and care that co-exist with the physical/biological and technical dimensions. Our goal in the study is to partner with practitioners, young people and families to explore what wellness means to them, how wellness does/can align with clinical care, and to identify approaches, techniques and tools for collaboratively enhancing wellness.
We are investigating the accuracy of a new, low-cost 3D camera for use in movement tracking video games to make therapies more fun for kids. Potential Benefits? Your participation will help us to understand if video games and low-cost 3D cameras can be used at home to track changes in children’s movement skills and development.
We want input from employers and human resource personnel in evaluating an evidence-based tool to help employers to engage in disability disclosure discussions with their employees, helping to enhance disability confidence and sensitivity.
The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is conducting a study to understand the differences and similarities in psychological outcomes between youth with persistent concussion symptoms and youth with anxiety. This will help researchers improve treatments for youth with these conditions.
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.
Our genomics study will identify and characterize genes that confer risk to autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
Helping Hand: The effectiveness of a modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy program for children with acquired brain injury
Exploring the use of using constraint induced movement therapy to improve upper extremity functioning and occupational performance in children following acquired brain injury.
We want clients (ages 12 to 29), and parents/guardians (any adult family member in a caregiving role) and service providers of clients ages 12 to 29 to do an interview about how young people deal with life’s challenges.
Left in the waiting room: A pilot study of a digital intervention for siblings of children with disabilities
The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital would like to invite you to participate in an intervention called i-SibworkS, an online peer support group intervention led by clinicians to serve the mental health needs of siblings of children and youth with disabilities.
Left in the waiting room: a pilot study of a digital intervention pilot for siblings of clients at Holland Bloorview or Kinark Child and Family Services
The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital would like to invite you to participate in an intervention called i-SibworkS, an e-health and peer support group intervention led by clinicians to serve the mental health needs of siblings of children and youth with disabilities.
Listening to the intersectional lived experience of ethnic and racially diverse youth with disabilities (Youth Interview)
Our team would like to understand the diverse lived experiences of youth with disabilities and particularly how disability intersects with race and/or ethnicity.
Listening to the intersectional lived experience of gender diverse youth with disabilities (Youth Interview)
Our team would like to understand the diverse lived experiences of youth with disabilities and particularly how disability intersects with gender.
Has your child been diagnosed with cerebral palsy? Your child may be eligible to participate in a randomized controlled clinical trial that will investigate the effectiveness of a medication called metformin, and whether it helps to improve your child’s movement and thinking skills.
Navigating the Medical and Social Merry-Go-Round: Understanding the Caregiving Experiences of Parents from Racialized Backgrounds that Care for Children Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The HEART Lab at Holland Bloorview is doing a study to understand the caregiving experiences of parents who identify as coming from a racialized background and care for a child with autism. In the study, you will be asked to discuss your caregiving e xperiences in which we will explore topics such as cultural stigma. In this study you will also participate in an art activity in which you can express your experiences.
Parent Perspectives on How to Communicate About Mental Health with Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities
The research team wants to know what is important to the parents of young people with physical disabilities in regards to mental health and wellness. We will use this information to inform clinical guidelines for more effective and targeted early identification and addressing of mental health needs.
We are collecting information to help in our understanding of how genes, brain and bodies are different if a person has a neurodevelopmental disorder or is typically developing.
This study looks at how programming options can be used to help children with disabilities participate in educational and/or therapeutic activities on a playground. We are interested in learning more about how accessible playgrounds can be leveraged through programming options (e.g., facilitated play activities, student education plans, physiotherapy programs, etc.) We want to understand how play programming can be incorporated into accessible playgrounds to help children with disabilities meet their social, educational, and therapeutic/rehabilitative goals.
To understand how genes affect the brain, body, and behavior and translate this understanding into new ways to help individuals with autism and associated neurodevelopmental disorders.
R2Play: Testing a stimulated sports environment to support return-to-play decision-making following youth/young adult concussion
The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is developing a system to help youth and young adults with concussion return to their sport life (return-to-play). We would like you to test the system, R2Play and get your feedback so we can understand the value and challenges associated with this system.
Research investigating the areas in the brain associated with learning for speech development and maintenance
We will be studying speech performance during a reading task and using MRI analysis and a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy to help understand specific brain areas and structural qualities which may influence people’s performance while learning speech.
Our brain tracks music rhythms. This study investigates brain activities when we tap our fingers to both predictable and less predictable rhythms.
Our team wants to know about the physical, mental, and sexual wellbeing of youth with physical disabilities. We hope to discuss how youth with physical disabilities think and feel about their sexuality. These experiences are important and may help improve programs about sexuality for youth with disabilities.
We are currently recruiting typically developing adolescents for a research study on human computer interaction. This study will use a head-mounted display which tracks eye movements. Participants try to type a query with their eyes on an on-screen keyboard and receive the answer from the system. In the future, we hope that this technology can be a replacement of search engines for youth with severe physical impairments to send query and receive the answer.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most frequent cause of physical disability in children in Canada, affecting 2-2.5/1000 children every year. This project aims to establish a Canadian Cerebral Palsy Registry, to provide an epidemiologic profile of CP in Canada reflecting the full heterogeneity of the disorder and provide a platform for population-based research on CP. It will serve to estimate the incidence, prevalence and distribution of cerebral palsy in Canada, while facilitating research in this field.
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 want to explore what health and wellness means to young people with physical disabilities and what health activities are important in their everyday lives. We want to hear about what sort of things you do or want to do to be healthy and feel good.
The researchers at the Autism Research Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab are doing a study to understand how our body signals, like our heart beats, change when we feel frustrated.
We want parents/guardians of children ages 12 to 25 to complete a 10-minute survey one time telling us about their child’s readiness for the transition to adulthood.
Understanding pain trajectories and their association with well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy
We are asking children and youth with cerebral palsy to help us learn about if they hurt and if it affects them. This study will help us better understand about if and how much pain is felt by children and youth with cerebral palsy.
Using neuromarkers and saliva biomarkers to recognize the states of hunger and thirst in children and youth with disabilities
This study is about developing an interface that detects hunger/satiety, thirst, and desire to eat/drink from brain activity changes using a brain imaging technology called functional near infrared light spectroscopy (fNIRS), and from saliva biomarkers. In the future, we hope that such a study could be used to develop a device to help children and youth with severe disabilities to communicate their needs to eat or drink.
To evaluate the reliability and construct validity of the FNQ-PR.
What are the Mental Health and Wellness Needs of Young Adults with Spina Bifida? A Stakeholder Engagement Workshop
Researchers from the Bloorview Research Institute would like to invite you to take part in a study about mental health and wellness in young adults with spina bifida. Parents of children or youth with spina bifida are invited to participate in a focus group to discuss findings from a review of the research literature about mental health and wellness in young adults with spina bifida.
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