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Flexi-Mitts Study

Researchers at The Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School are developing a device to assist in the early diagnosis of neurodevelopmental issues in infants born at a very low birth weight. The purpose of this research is to design and develop safe, stretchable, toddler-sized electronic gloves, called “flexi-mitts. ”

During this research study, we may ask participating toddlers to wear a pair of flexible, stretchy “flexi-mitts” that are embedded with soft sensors to detect the ways in which toddlers move their hands and interact with objects during different types of play. Study visits will be photographed/video-recorded.

To help us create these gloves, we are inviting parents and toddlers in for at least one study visit, so we can record data on how the toddler is using his/her hands during different types of play (with or without the gloves). The visit will last up to 1 hour in length, and participants will receive one $50 gift card for each study visit, up to 6 visits. Participants can receive parking reimbursement or cab vouchers for each study visit, as needed.

The information gathered in this study will be used to develop a diagnostic tool for detecting neurodevelopmental issues in toddlers born at a very low birth weight. A scientific engineering review board and the Harvard Medical School Institutional Review Board (IRB) review all devices used in this study.

To be eligible, your toddler must:

  • Be between 13-36 months of age
  • Have been born at a healthy birth weight (more than 3.3lbs)
  • Have been born at full term (37 weeks or later)
  • Be in general healthy condition (no neurological or musculoskeletal disorders)
    OR
  • Be between 13-36 months of age
  • Have been born at a very low birth weight (less than 3.3lbs)
  • Have been born between 28-33 weeks

For more information or to participate, contact: clinicalresearch@wyss.harvard.edu, or 617-432-7704

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