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NOvEL Lab Research Projects

Teaching Educators about Acquired Brain Injury (Teach-ABI)

For students who have an acquired brain injury (ABI), going back to school can be hard for them as well as for educators who may not have the knowledge or resources to support them. The Teach-ABI program is designed to help students re-integrate into their class and succeed. At the same time, the program helps educators create a more inclusive classroom environment for all students.


Move&Connect is an interdisciplinary intervention. Participants will work with both physiotherapists and occupational therapists in a group setting.  Participants will do low intensity exercise, learn coping strategies for daily life, learn about concussion and provide peer support to other youth experiencing prolonged symptoms after a concussion. 


The R2Play project is an interdisciplinary initiative between the NOvEL and PEARL labs at Holland Bloorview. We are co-creating a multi-task assessment environment that mimics the challenges of sport (R2Play) to assist clinicians with return-to-play decision-making. Our hope is that R2Play will be used not only at Holland Bloorview clinics, but across Canada and internationally.

This research study aims to develop and assessment that helps youth with concussion return to their sport life (return-to-play). We want to learn about the return-to-play experiences of youth with concussion and their guardians, sport coaches and clinicians, to guide the design of the R2Play system.

Health Economics & Utilization of the Persistent Concussion Clinic

We are examining the demographic and clinical characteristic of clients and families of the Persistent Concussion Clinic at Holland Bloorview. The project is examining the direct and indirect health-care costs of people who are experiencing prolonged concussion symptoms. It is also exploring the potential links between these two types of costs and whether they can be used to help individuals predict symptoms of persistent concussions.

Pathways for Progress

We recently completed this project that critically evaluated an innovative clinical pathway. We wanted to explore the client and family experience engaging in person-centred interdisciplinary care and ensure it is meeting their needs. 

Neuropsychology Concussion Database

The outpatient neuropsychology team at Holland Bloorview has started an important clinical database to characterize the clinical profiles of clients referred for neuropsychology assessments through the Persistent Concussion Clinic. We hope to use this information to identify the most vulnerable clinical profiles in order to design personalized neuropsychological rehabilitative programs and interventions.


i_SibworkS is a group-based cognitive behavioral program for siblings of youth with disabilities. Siblings ages 6-16 participate in fun activities to strengthen problem solving skills and learn about coping behaviors and emotions. This study involves six weeks of intervention delivered online through the video conferencing platform Zoom. Program evaluation involves quantitative measures and semi-structured interviews.


Caregivers Connecting after ABI (CCABI) group offers an opportunity for caregivers to come together to navigate life after their child's ABI injury. CCABI is an open-ended educational and psychosocial group currently being provided to caregivers of children with ABI on the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (BIRT) unit at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. CCABI is now at the test stage to evaluate the group to determine if the needs of caregivers are being met. The aim is to better understand the education and social support experiences of caregivers participating with the BIRT program.


Persistent Concussion, Anxiety, Neuropsychology, and Neuroimaging (PeCANN) investigates the similarities and differences in neuropsychology and neuroimaging outcomes between youth with persistent post-concussive symptoms and youth with anxiety. The goal is to better understand and develop long-term outcomes in youth experiencing these conditions.​