Build new friendships through fun, creative group-based activities! 

This study looks at the impact of an inclusive leisure activity program on youths' confidence and motivation towards leisure activity, motor and fitness skills, and the relationships they form in the program. Youth will participate in a 10-week group program, consisting of 1 hour weekly sessions. Sessions will involve a variety of seated leisure activities (e.g., drama, board games, arts, and crafts) in a friendly, supportive and collaborative atmosphere.


Virginia Wright, PhD, Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, PhD

Participate in this study

Are you interested in socially inclusive leisure activity programs or have a child who is interested in socially inclusive leisure activity programs? Consider participating in our study.

Who can participate

Youth in grades 4-7 with or without a chronic health condition AND their parents are eligible to participate. Youth must be able to walk with/without a gait device or move independently in a manual wheelchair.

What's Involved

Youth participants will take part in a 10-week leisure program called TimeTogether. This program consists of 1 hour weekly sessions where youth take part in a variety of seated activities such as board games, craft making, and healthy food preparation all in a friendly, supportive team-based collaborative atmosphere. Sessions will be held at Holland Bloorview and will be lead by a Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and Recreation assistant. 

Participants must come to a 60-minute meeting at Holland Bloorview one-week before the start of the TimeTogether program AND one-week after the program has ended. At these meetings, participants will complete surveys about participation in leisure activity and two physical activity tests (Ignite Challenge and the 6-minute walk/wheel test), and (for the second meeting only), participate in a 30-45 minute interview. These meetings will be held in a quiet space with a research assistant. Parents will be asked to participate in an interview at the end of the program.


Winter 2018

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Christelle-Jean Chow at Christelle-Jean@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 (ext. 3129) and she will get back to you shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.  

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