Interbrain Electroencephalography (EEG) Signal Synchronization among Non-verbal Children/Youth with Severe Disabilities, their Parents, and Music Therapists


We would like to measure brainwaves synchrony with electroencephalography (EEG) between non-verbal child/youth with complex disability, their primary caregivers, and music therapist during music therapy and storytelling sessions. The results of this study may help to understand how children/ youth with non-verbal complex disability build empathy and communicate their needs with their caregivers and therapists. We would like to invite you and your child to be one of the families who participate.


Tom Chau, PhD, PEng

Participate in this study

Do you want to help us learn more about brainwaves synchrony in two dyads: Non-verbal child/youth and parent, and non-verbal child/youth and therapist? 

Who can participate

  • Child/Youth
    • Non-verbal with complex disability
    • The Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels IV and V
    • Age 8 to 18 years
    • No known history of epilepsy
  • Parent (primary caregiver)
    • Have a child who meets the above criteria
    • No known history of neurological or psychological illness

What's Involved

  • Four music therapy sessions and four storytelling sessions (approximately 25 minutes per session)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) measurement and video recording for all sessions


May 2020

Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Kyurim Kang at / 416-425-6220 ext.3260 with your interest, and I will get back to you shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study. 

Funding Agency

Remad Foundation

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