Current Recruitment

Survey for parents of children with disabilities aged 5-17 years whose therapy services have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic!

Dr. Kristen Allison of the Speech Motor Impairment and Learning Lab and Dr. Danielle Levac of the Rehabilitation Games & Virtual Reality Lab at Northeastern University are conducting a survey to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected therapy services for school-aged children with disabilities in the United States. 


We are interested in learning how changes in therapy services may be affecting functioning and participation for children with disabilities, and how families are using devices and technologies to meet therapeutic and social needs during this time.


This information will help us understand how to best support children with disabilities during and after this time.

To complete our anonymous survey (link to recruitment ad here), click on this link:

Please click here to confidentially share your contact info so that we can get in touch with you about potential study participation!

Recruitment for the below studies is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study opportunities for northeastern students ages 18-28, children with cerebral palsy and typically-developing children ages 8-16

We are currently recruiting for 2 research studies!  Both studies explore how new movement skills are learned in virtual environments, with the goal of understanding how to enhance skill transfer to real life skills. 

Participants come to the lab for two 1-1.5 hour sessions, 1-7 days apart. Northeastern students will receive a $20 gift card for their participation. Families will receive a $40 gift card for each child who takes part in a study, and children and youth are entered into a draw to win an iPad Mini!

We have availability during the day, evenings and weekends! Parking or MBTA travel is reimbursed. 

The goal of our research program is to develop more effective physical therapy interventions for children with cerebral palsy and other movement impairments. The studies are funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (National Institutes of Health) and the Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Award Program. 

If interested, please fill out the appropriate screening survey below to confirm your eligibility:

Children with cerebral palsy:

  • Screening Survey for standing balancing task: click here
  • Screening Survey for seated throwing task: click here

Typically-developing children:

  • Screening Survey for standing balancing task: click here
  • Screening Survey for seated throwing task: click here

NU Students: