About Physical Disability and Rehabilitation
For children who have to deal with a physical disability, whether temporary or chronic, medical researchers want to develop tools and techniques to help them live freely and comfortably. Research on existing devices, like wheelchairs, can simplify or enhance a user’s experience. Other researchers might be exploring ways to use newer technologies or developments, like smartphone apps or robotics, to find innovate ways to lend aid.
Real World Testing of AAC-BCI
Does your child (age 14-17) have a have a severe or progressive communication disorder and need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) clinical services? If so, they may be interested in participating in a study that would provide an AAC system with brain computer interface access that could be used in the home. Eligible participants need wheelchair assistive technology.
Electrode Headgear Testing Study
Does your child (age 14-17) use an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device? If so, they may be interested in helping researchers by testing a newly designed dry electrode headset. Involves 1 session lasting up to 4 hours that will include communication tasks, such as copying sentences and describing a picture, along with completion of an online survey. Compensation is provided.
Smartphone Apps for Kids with Chronic Conditions
Do you have a child between the ages of 12-17 with spina bifida, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy? If so, your child may be able to take part in a research study to evaluate if smartphone apps can help them manage their self-care routines. Compensation provided.
Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of motor deficits in people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy – Age 16-17
Are you or your child affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy? You may be able to participate in a research study using spinal cord stimulation (SCS), an approved clinical therapy for pain syndromes that do not respond to drugs. Unexpectedly, SCS has shown the ability to promote the recovery of leg motor function in people with complete motor paralysis