Promoting social inclusion experiences in recreation settings for children with disabilities through the arts

Social inclusion


This study explores the perspectives of children with and without disabilities on their social inclusion experiences in the Spiral Garden program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.


Gillian King, PhD

Participate in this study

Is your child participating in the Spiral Garden program? Consider having your child share their experiences in this study about how their experience in the program influences their sense of belonging, attitude toward disability and social skills.

Who can participate

We are looking for:

  • Children registered in the Spiral Garden program during the summer 2016 who are between the ages of 8 and 18 Children who can comprehend in English verbally or with an assistive device
  • Children who can to express their thoughts and feelings about interactions and friendship with peers
  • Children who would like to express their thoughts and feelings about being accepted by other children in the Spiral Garden program

What's Involved

The study involves two interviews and three observational periods in the Spiral Garden program.

Each child/participant will complete two interviews. Each child/participant will be observed for two hours on three occasions during their participation in the Spiral Garden program. Interviews will be conducted on site and will receive a parking pass.


Recruitment is closed at this time.

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, please contact Brydne Edwards at 416-425-6220 ext. 6645 and she will return your call within two business days. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Funding Agency

Bloorview Research Institute's Graduate Student Scholarship


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