General FAQ

How old does my child have to be in order to participate?

We currently run studies for kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years.

 

When are appointments scheduled?

​We are happy to work around your schedule. We now have a new online booking system that allows you to schedule an appointment at your convenience, with times available on weekends as well as weekday evenings. 

 

How do I navigate the booking system? 

We have created a more detailed video on how to navigate the calendar within our booking system. 

 

What can I do if I need to reschedule an appointment? 

No problem, just email us at childlab@utoronto.ca in order to cancel and rebook your appointment. 

 

What does a visit to the ChiLD Lab entail?

​Our research studies are structured as fun games (i.e. playing with blocks, hearing stories, watching videos, answering questions).

 

How long does a session with the ChiLD Lab take? 

In the ChiLD Lab, we typically work with your child for a short research session, no longer than 30 minutes. In case of in-person studies, your entire visit from the time you arrive until the time you leave should not take longer than 45 minutes.

 

How many sessions per study do we need to attend? 

​Almost all of our studies only require one session. Some studies require a short follow-up session. When we contact you, we will let you if the study your child is eligible for requires a follow up. 

  

What will my child receive for participating? 

They will receive a Junior Scientist certificate. Additionally, for in-person studies, they will receive a lab t-shirt and sometimes a small prize, and for online studies, they will receive a gift certificate.

 

Do I get to see the results of my child's participation?

At this time, we do not share individual results of each child -- instead, we average all of the response of the children in a particular age-range, and report how the general responses of an age-group change over development. You can sign up for our lab newsletter by emailing us and requesting to be added to our mailing list. The newsletter is usually published once a year.

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