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.


Steve Ryan, PhD, PEng

Participate in this study

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!

Who can participate

We are looking for...

  • Parents and their children who are typically developing, ages 7-14.
  • Parents and their children with cerebral palsy, ages 7-14.
  • Children must be able to answer ‘yes’/’not sure’/’no’ questions and speak with a researcher unaided.
  • Both parents and children must be able to converse in English.

What's Involved

The parent and child will meet with a researcher for a 1-hour research session at Holland Bloorview. A second 10-minute session may be offered to discuss what we learned.

  • Children and parents will discuss how well a researcher explained the study.
  • Children will also complete a brief assessment of their thinking abilities.
  • Families will receive a $40 gift card to share. Travel expenses/parking will be covered up to $10.


December 31st, 2017

Interested in participating

If you are interested in learning more or have questions, please contact Anna Oh at or 416-425-6220 ext. 3546 and she will get back to you shortly. Contacting Anna does not obligate you to participate in the study.

Funding Agency

Holland Bloorview’s Centre for Leadership in Innovation

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