Parent testimonials

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We value and love receiving and hearing feedback and testimonials from parents and children who have visited the lab. We make comment cards available so that parents can let us know how we are doing. And sometimes even the children themselves or their siblings leave us comments! As you can see below, children have fun visiting our lab, parents enjoy watching their child take part in the studies, and siblings enjoy the activities we have for them. 

From some of our older 7- and 8-year-old participants in our studies of story understanding ...

  • "Cool. Awsome. Fun."
  • "I like it! It was fun!" - Olivia
  • "this was fun!" - Scott
  • "I had lots of fun! I wish I could come every day."
  • "I want to go here. I love it here."
  • "I had lots of fun!" - Abby
  • "I liked the tests you did with me!!"
  • "I love your senter because it teaches kid to learn new things! Good bye."
  • "This is osom!" - Hugh 7
  • "I had lots of fun here. I really like the treats. thank you for let me come here. I really like Angla. She is really fun." - Kelsey!!
  • "I love it here!" - Alexandra, age 8
  • "Good Job!" - Alex, age 8
  • "iving (even) tow (though) hes 3 he loves this" - Hannah, sister
  • "I love Angela" - Victoria
  • "My brother seems to be very active in reading and pointing he seems to enjys (He is very happy) thank you so much" - Amanda (big sister)

From parents...

  • "What a wonderful opportunity for my children to "help you learn how children learn". I have had all 3 of my children participate over the past several years. They get a kick out of this experience and are always treated so well from the staff at the centre. It is a warm, welcoming & inviting environment. I recommend doing these studies to all my friends!"
  • "My daughter looked like she really enjoyed the activities, and her two brothers were thrilled to be offered a snack when she had her break time. Clean, fun playroom. A great place!"
  • "The centre and the whole process of coming here couldn't be better organized. Plus Angela was very pleasant and immediately put my child at ease."
  • "Angela did a wonderful job making my daughter feel at ease. The playroom could use a few storybooks though." (Thanks for your suggestion about the storybooks. We have added some to the playroom for children to enjoy while their siblings are participating n in the study. - Daniela O'Neill, Director.)
  • "Great centre. Very welcoming. Would definitely come again!"
  • "Angela was very friendly and welcoming. She made us feel very comfortable. The observation room was cozy and very child friendly. Overall it was a wonderful experience that we would do again!"
  • "Our experience here is always pleasant. My children enjoy the activities. The researchers are wonderful! Thanks!!"
  • "We have always felt very welcome here. My 10 yr old has done 2 or 3 studies. Our 7 yr old has done 3 studies. Our 3 yr old just completed his first. They love it. "
  • "My son was apprehensive about coming, but he quickly warmed up to you [Angela] and participated well."
  • "Great having lots of toys available for our 4 year old to play with while our 2 year old participated. Mary was very polite with Jayden. Very professional centre and setting."
  • "Thank you so much, it was a great experience. Angela was fabulous + thanks for the puzzle!"
  • "Very fun experience! Thanks so much for the book. We felt very comfortable with Angela - she took her time and let us play with toys. We'd love to come back again!"
  • "I foudn the Centre very welcoming and the people friendly. My son enjoyed playing with the toys and reading books. I thought it was very nice for the centre to have a snack for my son when the study was over and he will definitely love the book!"
  • "Very professional. Interesting to learn about the study."
  • "We had a good visit. The toy time before and after made for a fun time to help us both relax (mom and 18-month-old. Angela was very helpful. Clear explanations. She interacted with my son well, which he enjoyed. Thanks for including us."
  • "Or experience was easy and comfortable for both my children. The graduate student [Angela] was polite and helpful with directions to the Centre. On the day she made my children feel very welcome. Thanks for the opportunity!"
  • "We’ve been coming here since Duncan was first able to participate and every time it has been fun for him and a positive experience. The staff is great with him."
  • "We enjoyed our visit. Thanks for coming in on a Saturday morning to accomodate us. I appreciated that you have organic snacks available."
  • "A very friendly, relaxed Centre. I appreciated the welcoming atmosphere and professionalism!"
  • "A nice centre. Comfortable and simple. Friendly staff made up for the back entrance location. A very well done study."
  • "Clarissa was wonderful. Very good with the kids and made them feel comfortable. Thanks."
  • "The directions by e-mail were super easy to follow and Clarissa has been very friendly. Thanks for the drink when we came in from the hot weather outside!"
  • "Very welcoming. Panker felt very comfortable. Very friendly environment."
  • "We love coming to help with your studies. Both of our girls have come out and they really enjoy all the activities and stories. Thank you for asking us to help."
  • "Very welcoming/clean. Dana was great with my son. He was comfortable with her immediately."
  • "I would suggest to any of my friends with children to take part in a study. It was easy to take part because there was space available for me with my other children to play. Very clean and friendly environment!"
  • "Dinosaur toy was a big hit! Very relaxed, pleasant and informal environment."
  • "Welcoming (juice, conversation, etc.), easy parking, easy to find, bright environment, well informed about the study."
  • "Brought my other kids and the visit was inviting especially to my other children. Thanks. Great visit!"
  • "This is the second time I have been here and I find it to be professional, welcoming, and a positive experience."
  • "Professional, clean and inviting."
  • "My kids enjoy coming here. They can be shy but warmed up really quickly and had no trouble leaving me to go to the study room. And I like that we are contributing to your knowledge and early childhood education." (Note, our study rooms all have one-way mirrors, so even if you are not in the room with your child, you are always able to watch the study they are taking part it. - Daniela O'Neill, Director)
  • "We had a good visit. Flora was comfortable with Clarissa. The 'warm up' period with the dinosaur toys seemed to help with this! The room was clean and tidy and everyone was very nice and helpful."
  • "You have a very relaxed atmosphere and my daughter felt very at ease. We both enjoyed watching the exercises and you have given us some great instructional ideas."
  • "Your centre is great! Great toys, layout, kid friendly."
  • "Very well equipped and set-up to make the visits enjoyable for children and parents."
  • "PAS building is confusing, having the facilitator wait for us was really helpful. Facilitator was great with my son."
  • "Very organized. Great toys. Directions were well written and easy to follow. Testing very consistent and timed appropriately."
  • "Friendly people. Made my son feel comfortable. Good space and set up, good toys."
  • "Nice and bright. Very friendly. Good work with kids. Stickers nice touch. Would come back again."
  • "Very friendly - great room for the kids and I to wait in."
  • "The kids always have a fun time. We are happy to take part in the studies."
  • "The rooms were very clean and inviting. The toys were also very clean – which is very important. The ladies were very friendly and welcoming."
  • "It is very child friendly and staff is very friendly to the children. We all feel comfortable."
  • "My son had a great time listening to the stories and doing the activities. He was allowed to continue playing with the toys and show us what he built. Thank you."
  • "My son felt very comfortable with the environment. I appreciated that he could see me when needed!"
  • "You are good at working with children. You encourage them (to) learn more. Thank you so much."
  • "Fun. Kid-friendly."
  • "He enjoyed being on the computer, clicking the button, playing later. "
  • "Agnieszka was very friendly and welcoming. Sophia immediately felt comfortable in the research centre. Thanks for the chance to participate."
  • "The kids love coming here. It is fun to have someone ask them questions! I think it makes them feel important! And the toys are great for us to play with."
  • "Really impressed withthe tools you use to engage the children. My daughter really enjoyed the stories and the stickers."
  • "The boys loved the toys and seemed to enjoy the exercises. We had a bit of difficulty finding the washroom though!" (We will make sure to make this easy in the future - Daniela O'Neill, Director)
  • "Very impressed with the way my child was handled by Agnieszka. He is usually very shy and seemed to open up very quickly. Always enjoy watching the way the studies are carried out and take some learning away. Thank you."
  • "Thanks for making the kids feel very comfortable and welcome."
  • "The centre is certainly well suited for children. We had lots of fun and mom appreciated the fact that the toys were educational and CLEAN! The cleanliness and organization were the most impressive. Thx."
  • "The centre is very inviting and I felt comfortable having my child visit. My son clearly felt comfortable here also."
  • "I felt the centre was very professional and also inviting for us to feel welcome. I was glad to see the flexibility in the session to meet the needs of the children. Thank you for the opportunity to participate."
  • "I found this whole experience to be very enjoyable. I hope this study is very useful! The centre was very impressive and fun. Thank you! My kids were very comfortable with the instructor and she was so kind to them."
  • "Excellent facility - no distracting surroundings during testing. Excellent testing materials. It was interesting to see how my child responded to questions. Thank you for the opportunity."
  • "Very friendly greeting by Agnieszka. I really like that she began by greeting both my daughter and I and she began addressing my daughter immediately. I know that this made it very easy for her to go with Agnieszka on her own."
  • "Very friendly research person. She has excellent rapport with my daughter Sarah. I was very impressed! I will therefore participate in more studies in the future."
  • "I was very impressed with Agnieszka's ability to communicate with my daughter and make her feel at ease during the test process. I am interested to know the overall results of the study and its findings."
  • "We love coming to the Centre. We've been attending since our oldest child, now seven, was an infant. We love being able to help with the studies. And our kids enjoy coming to the "big school" to listen to stories and play with the toys."
  • "I'm really impressed with your centre. Our research associate met us in the parking lot and immediately put my (sometimes shy) son at ease. Your playrooms are well stocked and very inviting. Ethan seemed to really enjoy his session!"
  • "It looked like fun."
  • "Had lots of fun; would participate again any time. Thanks."
  • "I think that this centre should be made known to the public as I really thought that it gave me a clear insight into how my daughter speaks. Keep up the good work."
  • "Great visit! Such respect for my daughter – great instincts for when she was feeling shy or distracted. My child, often shy, settled in quickly and clearly had fun. Great experience."
  • "Kieffer enjoyed the stories and Logan and I had a great time playing and observing him. We are impressed to see that the centre is studying emotional perspective since children of this age are still so egocentric. We are working on “thinking and feeling” about others – it’s an ongoing process! Thanks for a fun time."
  • "Agnieszka met us early and treated Joshua as a person in his own right. She has a very gentle way with children. It was nice being able to watch without interfering! Thanks for the fun morning! I hope the data helps your study."
  • "I liked it. Thank you."
  • --Gabriel (child participant)
  • "This was my daughter’s second time in the study. Bianca seemed to really enjoy spending time with Diane. I think the work being done here is so important for understanding how and why a child develops."
  • "Thanks Agnieszka for this fun experience. You have a lovely way with young children. It was interesting to watch Paige interact with you and connect to the stories. Good luck with your study!"
  • "What a great experience! You thought of everything to make our time here very pleasant."
  • "We enjoyed our visit. It’s great to play a little before the study – especially with shy children. Performance is better when they are comfortable."
  • "My daughter Amy has enjoyed coming to the center. She looks forward to the phone call for the next research study. All the ladies here have been very nice to us."
  • "Great setup – 1-way mirror and speaker. It’s a nice set-up when you have other children with you too. There’s a nice selection of toys. Diane was very helpful, friendly, and attentive as well as supportive."
  • "It was a great experience – thanks for the great directions and meeting us in the parking lot. The room was clean and it was great to have the 2-way mirror and sound. Thanks."
  • "This experience gave me a rare opportunity to see how he behaves and thinks when I’m not around – very interesting! It also allowed me to see where he’s at academically and with his language development and perhaps where we can focus on at home. Thanks for the opportunity."
  • "My son was well treated from our arrival and through the experiment. Keep up the great work!"
  • "I find these studies very interesting! It would be great to find out how my child did in comparison to the other children."
  • "Very well organized and accommodating to the families involved in the study. Thank you."
  • "Very interesting!"
  • "The study was well organized and explained. We were all too glad to help out with this study."
  • "Visit was good. My son was a bit hesitant to come but enjoyed himself while here. He was made to feel at ease."
  • "I appreciate that the centre is not over-stimulating in order to keep the child focused. Facilitation was very welcoming and engaging. My child and I enjoyed our time."
  • "We really enjoyed our visit. The Centre is very organized with friendly staff."
  • "Everything was great. My child was quite relaxed and comfortable and seemed to enjoy herself."
  • "I am very impressed. I could not get my way here, and the centre paid my way here. As well, Agnieszka was very patient and friendly with Arianna."
  • "Very inviting to children. The researchers use patience and have fun with the kids."
  • "Enjoyable! The kids really had fun."
  • "My family liked the visit because everybody liked listening to the story too!" -Paige, Jenna, Zach, Alex Murtagh (child comment)
  • "Agnieszka is so explicit and relaxed with parent and child. It has been an enjoyable experience once again. Thank you! Looking forward to helping again."
  • "Agnieszka put our child at ease immediately. The waiting room is very comfortable to visit with another child and to observe. Great job, we would do this again."
  • "Very energetic for children and good mix to story and activity to keep attention. Very professional attitudes and very friendly."
  • "Good experience! Agnieszka really put child and parent at ease. Child felt really comfortable with experience. Very interesting and enjoyable. Great to see interaction with someone other than mom!"
  • "Good selection of toys to engage kids and make them comfortable. Calm colour on the walls with fun accents. Friendly people."
  • "I always look forward to my visits to the child psychology department. I have brought each of my 3 children for studies and have enjoyed the entire process, from questionnaire to report summary."
  • "My children like coming here and playing here with the toys. I enjoy watching my children interact with others and see how they are when I'm not in the room. Always informative!"
  • "Very child friendly. Kids very comfortable and they had fun. I am happy that we can contribute to this program in some way especially since my kids have benefitted from services i.e. speech, OT [Occupational therapy], over the years. Thanks."
  • "Clean environment; friendly professional staff; well-explained process; interesting to watch."
  • "It was nice that you had breaks and that I could see and hear my son. The toys were appropriate for my other children and thanks for supplying a helper so I did not have to entertain my kids the whole time."
  • "The study was very interactive and Sydney really enjoyed his experience. I think this shall benefit the depts study and we were all too happy to participate. Study was executed in a relaxed, calm manner which allowed my child to explore and be himself."
  • "Excellent work with our child. It was very noticeable the confidence our child showed. Thanks."
  • "Today’s visit was professional – only difficulty in that time off from my work was required to participate." (We do try as best as possible to offer appointments on weekends as well as weekdays if this is helpful. - Daniela O'Neill, Director.)
  • "The visit was helpful. It showed me some areas of my child’s development in language that I need to work on with him. It was a great visit."
  • "Great experience. Fantastic patience. Glad we could participate. Thank you."
  • "Excellent set up! Very comfortable for both parents and children. Moments of free play ahead of the study are great. Happy to be part of this!"
  • "Well explained to parents to keep them at ease. Friendly people to keep children happy and ready to try new activities."
  • "Extremely well organized and very professional."
  • "I am very impressed with the students running the study. They were extremely flexible and professional. It is great to be able to bring siblings as it makes it easier to get here. Please feel free to contact me for another study."
  • "After viewing testing of my daughter it makes me aware of different things/sentence structures. Makes me understand certain things I need to concentrate on to correct proper communication or sentence structure."
  • "Very friendly and inviting. Enjoyed the observation window with speaker. Our daughter enjoyed the funny picture stories and toys and snack."
  • "Had a fun afternoon. Hope it helps the study. Thank you."
  • "We enjoyed our visit here. Everything was very well explained, and my son was not rushed. He felt proud of what he did and I have to thank the interviewer, Diane, for her patience and positive reinforcement."
  • "The visit was great; Alexis really enjoyed it. It was well organized. However, I thought some of the first pictures were harder than the later ones or maybe they should have gotten an example first."
  • "Very positive experience for both child and parent."
  • "Nice friendly people; clean, child oriented rooms. Thanks."
  • "A wonderful setting for children! My daughter really seemed to enjoy working with Diane. An interesting study. I look forward to reading the group results."
  • "Pleasant environment for children to participate in studies. My children enjoyed the experience. Interesting research – looking forward to learning about any results."
  • "Once in the study room my children enjoyed themselves. My son was not too eager to come today but felt comfortable and at ease while here. It was very interesting to watch through the 2-way mirror!"
  • "I really enjoyed observing my son’s participation. The researcher put us all at ease and did a great job. Everything about the process has been enjoyable for us."
  • "Non-threatening environment. Very happy with the way children are approached – given breaks to regroup."
  • "Did a great job putting my son at ease. Overall it was a pleasant experience."
  • "We were here and did two studies when Andrew was 5 months and 8 months old. It was an enjoyable experience this time as well and the research associate (Agnieszka) worked very well with Andrew. We would come back if asked."
  • "Great! Very child friendly."
  • "Very pleasant environment for children to participate in studies."
  • "Well organized, worked hard to ensure our child was comfortable and relaxed. Interesting!"
  • "Happy, bright colours. Welcoming center for small children. Good assortment of toys/activities for varying ages. Agnieszka was very accommodating and kind."
  • "We love coming to the centre. We’ve been involved since our child was a baby. We’re always very eager and happy to come and help out."
  • "It is interesting watching in the book which picture my child points to, ie. sanding – I’m sure he was thinking sand box and he has a toy similar to the picture he pointed to."
  • "Agnieszka Polanowski was a really nice lady. Wyatt enjoyed his visit. He really loved the sticker idea!"
  • "The centre/study is very well organized. It is a unique opportunity to see my child in the environment. He appears to be enjoying himself. The arrangement of meeting the research associate in the parking lot works very well."
  • "Great! Agnieszka made my daughter feel comfortable and welcomed."
  • "Good directions. Nice greeting. Thanks for putting my child at ease."
  • "A very child friendly room! My kids 11 months, 3½ and almost 6 years were very comfortable and kept very busy. Thank you."
  • "Agnieszka was very clear in her instructions and directions regarding the study. My younger child enjoyed waiting in the room. It was comfortable, but some story books would be nice (also Kleenex). Thanks, best of luck." (We will add some story books. Thanks for the idea. We usually do have tissues handy – we’ll be sure to check our supplies! – Daniela O’Neill, Director.)
  • "This experience, much like the others, was very organized with well-presented materials. Agnieszka was very friendly, knowledgeable, and clear about the study. Thank you and hope we can help again."
  • "Thought the visit was very nice. Savannah seemed to enjoy it. Agnieszka was very patient with Savannah. Overall, very nicely done."
  • "The visit was comfortable and friendly, and the rooms were inviting and appropriate. Researcher was helpful, very pleasant, and liked by my child."
  • "Agnieszka was wonderful. Although I am sure she does this many times a day, she was very enthusiastic and friendly with Owen. Thanks."
  • "We enjoyed our visit. Agnieszka was wonderful with Sarah. It was interesting watching Sarah respond to the questions. Thank you."
  • "It was a very positive experience. Agnieszka was very professional and put my child and I at ease immediately. We have never been involved in any studies before but I would for sure offer my children’s services again. I am glad that I could contribute to the study of our children".
  • "We had a great experience. Agnieszka is very friendly and has no problems putting the children at ease. Very informative."
  • "Very clean, neat, and organized. Staff is friendly, professional, and very helpful."
  • "Very fun, thanks. Friendly people! Would be nice to hear better."
  • "Very relaxed atmosphere; child-friendly decorations/toys. Graduate very friendly. My child went to her right away – grad was ready to compromise to relax child. Interesting listening in."
  • "Agnieszka is very friendly, both on the phone and in person. The directions given to drive here were clear and accurate. Our family is happy to be able to help with these studies. It’s our pleasure!"
  • "Very enjoyable. Agnieszka was extremely friendly and easy for Max to work with her."
  • "Everyone is very friendly. Nice, clean, relaxed environment. I like how siblings are welcome too. The study is impressive – helps me learn about my child. Thank you.
  • "Today was fun and challenging for Owen. Mare and Jillian were very professional and made us feel welcomed. Jacob and Owen both enjoyed the snacks."
  • "Diane was great with my son. He really took to her. She made him feel important and was very positive, ie. “You’re doing great”. I think my son enjoyed himself and this was a good introduction to a university!"
  • "It is clear that great research takes place here. I think it is beneficial for the future of our children. I did notice it was difficult for my son to remain focused. Diane was very patient and great!"
  • "My child felt quite comfortable. Diane was very friendly. Appreciated the fact that she played with my child first to make her feel at home."
  • "My daughter had fun in your study. Diane made this a fun and relaxing experience for her. Thank you!"
  • "Directions were very precise and easy to follow. Everyone was friendly. Could session with children be shorter? Aiden seemed to get bored and lost concentration. This might be part of the test, ie. Attention span? Made it very easy and accommodating for bringing second child." (We try everything we can to make the sessions as short as possible. Sometimes for research reasons, the studies have to be a bit longer for us to be able to address everything we need to. We will always let you know when first calling how long a study will be and we do try to incorporate a break for children if it is longer than usual. – Daniela O’Neill, Director).
  • "Diane was great at putting Nathan at ease. A comfortable location. It was interesting to hear Nathan’s responses."
  • "Diane was very professional and the session was excellent. Hunter enjoyed the clinic and the university atmosphere!"
  • "Diane was very warm and friendly. My daughter was shy at first but soon felt relaxed. Our visit was very pleasant."
  • "Very interesting and enjoyable. We are glad to help. Rooms are set up well, Mare was very organized and ready for us. Thank you for the snack."
  • "Great teachers! Really get to know the kids and are able to bring out their personality."
  • "We love coming to the center. It’s a lot of fun and we like to help out with the studies."
  • "Agnieszka was great. Very friendly and handled my child very well. My daughter enjoyed her time here. P.S. Center is spelled CENTRE in Canada." (Oops! We have corrected this typo on the sign! – Daniela O’Neill, Director).
  • "Agnieszka did so well with my daughter – her manner is very accessible for small children. The pointing part with the pictures seemed to move too fast at times."
  • "Agnieszka is very friendly and was great with Kai. I thought the air a bit stuffy and warm though – looked like Kai was about to fall asleep as a result!" (At times, during the winter, the buildings heating goes into overdrive! We try to get the university to fix the problem as soon as we notice it! – Daniela O’Neill, Director).
  • "Easy to follow driving directions (greatly appreciated!). Jillian was very patient and set my son at ease. It was nice to be able to observe the session to see his communication with others and his decision making skills. Thank you for the opportunity to be involved!"
  • "Try not to ask questions while the child is doing the sticker activity. He is much more focused on the stickers than trying to answer your question."
  • "I love the use of stickers as rewards for getting the answers right. We will have to try activities like this one at home."
  • "My impression of the centre… well organized and ready for the appointment and kid friendly and casual attitude! It was good! I will continue to participate in future studies if needed!"
  • "Scott, age 6, says the playroom is good, but not enough toys out!" (Thanks for letting us know this! We have more toys now for older siblings. – Daniela O’Neill, Director).
  • "Zoe had a good time – the activities were interesting and varied, though I think she got a little tired near the end."
  • "Diane was very patient and disarming. She drew out my shy daughter. I’m sure she’ll be talking about what she did here for a few days. Thanks for including us!"
  • "The centre is wonderful! Love the toys, being able to watch/hear the study. Staff are great too!"
  • "Great experience. Good directions to the clinic. Seemed a little long – losing him by the end. Both the guys loved Mare."
  • "Very welcoming! Clean waiting room with lots for siblings to do. Great job! I think the study was a little long to hold a 5 year old’s attention. She was losing concentration near the end."
  • "Our visit was wonderful. I was very impressed with the clinic. Both of my children had wonderful experiences and felt very important."
  • "(Email:) This is just a quick letter to say Ciaran really enjoyed taking part in your study. I have two other boys … that would also be available to take part in any studies you might need them for. Thank you for inviting us, Agnieszka! Good luck with your research!"
  • "I think this is a great program! Too bad it’s only a study, this would be something I would love my son to do as well, considering my daughter and him learn/communicate so differently!"
  • "Very impressed by warmth and cleanliness. Appreciated breaks given to my son – and letting him “burn off steam” in the hall. The two sided window put me at ease. Great work."
  • "We are very impressed with this study and excited to be invited to participate!
  • "The activities were interesting. Do the results differ if the difficult activities are done first? ie. The sequence activities seemed complicated. Lukas’s attention did wander at the end. I hope you can use the results." (We are very used to dealing with attentions that may wander! This rarely means we can’t use the results. The results shouldn't differ depending on whether the activities are done early or late in the session, but we always have different orders of the tasks in the studies to make sure we can determine this. – Daniela O’Neill, Director)
  • "Very thorough testing. Our son was getting a little restless by the end."
  • "We had a great visit. The juice boxes were just the right size. I would have liked to have been able to watch Allison more attentively. Is there a way that the paperwork could get done in advance?" (We try our best to have paperwork not interfere with your time to watch the session. Thanks for reminding us about this! - Daniela O'Neill, Director.)
  • "The centre is cheery, clean, and has a cozy feel. Both times we have been here, it has been a positive, fun experience."
  • "The kids really enjoy the centre. I think it was a great experience for Kaitlyn. She is usually very shy, but seemed to warm right up to Jillian. We look forward to seeing the results of the study."
  • "Kids seemed to enjoy the centre. Playroom is a great help for other kids. Hope the study goes well."
  • "Jillian is fantastic!"
  • "As always I am impressed with the professionalism and appropriate manner in which the researcher handles the games and children. How fortunate we are to be able to assist the University in such valuable work. My only comment with regard to the study (Language Use Inventory) was the length. I noticed my child getting a bit antsy and jumping too quickly to complete the activities in the second half in order to go home."
  • "Great experience! Mare made this fun and interesting in a warm and safe environment. We are so happy to be involved with your study. All the best."
  • "Sydney always enjoys engaging with researcher and finds the activities interesting. Usually displays boredom towards the end, just before break. My young one enjoyed playing. I find the room very relaxing and “cozy”. I totally support this research and its premise. Excellent welcome by Jillian and excellent atmosphere."
  • "We really enjoyed our trip to the centre. The games were interesting. The young one enjoyed the playroom. Thank you."
  • "Great visit. Study seems very well run and very interesting!"
  • "Visit was enjoyable. I hope this visit helps in your study."
  • "9:30 am visit. I would have liked to be told I can bring a coffee while watching. Caffeine makes a mom’s morning. Pleasant experience. My child enjoyed. Kind staff." (Great idea! We will be sure to add this to our phone calls to parents so that parents know they can bring a coffee! Where would we all be without our morning coffees! – Daniela O’Neill, Director)
  • "We had a great time. My son felt very special and big coming to the university. Thank you for the wonderful experience. Nice environment."
  • "What an amazing experience watching my daughter from behind the scenes as she interacted. She felt comfortable as did I. She enjoyed the snack and juice. Great idea! Thanks for having me."
  • "Very well organized. Appreciated the travel expenses. Would help if the description of the scale (0 1 2 3) was on each page of the questionnaire. Thanks!"
  • "I love how Mare was so patient with Connor, even when he got frustrated. He seemed to really like the study. Me too!""The students are very professional and kind. This makes it easy to volunteer our time here. Thank you!"
  • "We had lots of fun. It was very interesting to see my children's reaction to the various toys."
  • "I was very impressed with how Julie kept my daughter's interest! Great job. Thanks. I quite enjoyed watching through the mirror."
  • "It was interesting to see how my son has developed mentally and see how he thinks."
  • "My child enjoyed the whole experience. He enjoyed interacting with Jennifer and playing with the toys."
  • "Everything was clearly explained. My daughter enjoyed participating. My son enjoyed playing while we waited."
  • "This program is a really good idea! Really impressed with the Center. Thank you for having us."
  • "Very relaxed, comfortable, and enjoyable for the kids. No excess pressure on kids who are participating. Very well done."
  • "Jennifer worked very hard to make Patrick comfortable and at ease – she succeeded. My boys don’t really like stuffed animals – talking to Elmo is not something they will do. He would have more engaged if he was free to move and answer questions at the same time. An interesting experience!"
  • "I found the sessions with my 5-year-old son very interesting and intriguing. Over the years we have done several different studies with our children at the University of Waterloo Centre for Child Studies and have enjoyed helping out with the research."
  • "We have enjoyed participating in this study. Shilpi has been welcoming, warm, patient, and professional. My son felt relaxed and took pride in providing answers or completing puzzles and other challenges. He told me he "had fun." I was surprised that he was able to concentrate and stay on task for the lengthy sessions, but they were varied enough. Overall, a positive experience."
  • "I like the fact that the child was always encouraged even though [the answer] was wrong."
  • "It's really neat to see and watch and listen to your child think about the questions and games they are involved in. The gentle nature of the student (Jeannette) makes it easy for the child to be relaxed and participate. Thank you for the opportunity."
  • "Wonderful experience! Pleasant student. Lovely smile. Always amazed at the results while watching my child do their thing. Keep up the GREAT work!"
  • "Great study! Nice to watch!!"
  • Jeannette [one of our undergraduate research assistants] was very patient with our son. Centre seems well equipped to entertain the kids - pace well suited to keep interest."
  • "Thanks for making the waiting room so kid friendly. My younger boys enjoyed the toys, treats, and pictures. I enjoyed the one-way mirror."
  • "Very well organized. Glad I was able to help out. Great idea to have a snack and juice."
  • "I appreciate the supportive comments to the child throughout the experiment. Thanks."
  • "Very interesting! As a teacher and mom it's nice to see my daughter interacting in an academic-ish setting and doing well! I like the mirrored window. Thanks."
  • "Had lots of fun watching! Help with brothers and sisters great."
  • "This centre continues its good work that is comfortable to children. The students establish an excellent rapport with the kids."
  • "Very friendly and welcoming place for both children and parents."
  • Robin and Jeannette did a great job conducting the study. Very interesting to watch my daughter through the window. Keep up the great work!
  • "The viewing room was clean and full of interesting toys and pictures for my children while we were waiting."
  • "The waiting room [our room where you can watch the session with the child] was very comfortable. The toys and crayons were wonderful for occupying siblings."
  • "My son enjoyed the activities in this study! Great ideas!!"
  • "Awesome! I didn't get to see all of it because I had 2 younger ones - but from what I saw the study was done well. Thanks for the treats."
  • "Keep up the great work. Tanya [one of our undergraduate research assistants] was very patient and worked well with our son. I think these studies are great!"
  • "I found the visit quite interesting. My 4-year-old son was quite comfortable at every stage. I will encourage my friends to participate. Tanya was excellent with my son."
  • "As before, the kids had fun. Just coming to the "university" is a treat for them. Tanya was good with them and they liked her."
  • "Tanya was very patient and explained the activity very well. She made my child feel very comfortable. Thank you."
  • "Neat, clean, organized."
  • "Very child friendly (colours, toys). The experimenter related well to my little boy."
  • "Excellent. My son always enjoys coming."
  • "The centre is full of toys and books to entertain siblings. Snacks and juice were a nice idea for the children. Friendly staff and activities made it fun."
  • "We really enjoyed our visits. Shilpi is very good with the kids. My daughter loved the stickers! Thanks for a good learning experience."
  • Janette was very polite. She was very caring of Noah and made us all feel very welcome.
  • Why can you show them an example of how to replicate the pattern by colour but never show an example of how to replicate patterns by type of object? They pick things up quickly if you show them."
  • "Very interesting and insightful. It would be interesting to learn of the final results of the studies."
  • "I really appreciate that you meet us at the door and provide snacks and toys for the kids and their siblings. I also enjoyed being able to watch and listen to the testing. You make it comfortable and enjoyable to partcipate."
  • "Very organized and child friendly."
  • "This was a great experience to watch my child interact with an other adult and do thinking games. The whole process was well thought out with snacks and even "switching" time."
  • "Fiona enjoyed her visit especially the stickers. Interesting to observe her through the one-way mirror. My other daughter, age 3 3/4 wants her turn too, so if you need someone her age in the future we would love to come."
  • "Very interesting study. We'd be interested in finding out the results!"
  • "I think it’s great that you are doing this but I would suggest that you a) don’t feed kids sugary juice and b) don’t make your sessions so long." (We try everything we can to make the sessions as short as possible. Sometimes for research reasons, the studies have to be a bit longer for us to be able to address everything we need to. We will always let you know when first calling how long a study will be and we do try to incorporate a break for children if it is longer than usual. During this break, we do usually offer children some juice and a snack. We always choose juice that is a 100% juice and has no added sugars. We can also provide just water if parents prefer this. Our snacks are also chosen with care to be healthy. – Daniela O’Neill, Director).
  • "It's nice that there are things for siblings to do. I also enjoyed being able to watch through the window."
  • "Very child centred. Nice, bright room. Very interesting to observe your child and listen to their responses."
  • "It was a very comfortable environment for the children. I appreciated the amount of information I received."
  • "I think this is a very good program. The questions were very educational. It looked like Lexi was enjoying herself."
  • "This was so neat to watch! Rebecca [one of our undergraduate assistants] was awesome. Kaitlyn loved her. Thank you for the coll experience."
  • "It was great. Megan and Rebecca [two of our undergraduate assistants] were very patient and friendly. It usually takes Jake a long time to feel comfortable around new people, but he warmed up right away. I enjoyed observing the experiment. It's neat watching a child's mind work!"
  • "The students were professional, patient, and friendly. I developed a much better understanding of your interesting and important work through speaking with Megan, Rebecca, and Dr. O'Neill."
  • "The experience was very pleasant for all the kids. They really enjoyed being here."
  • "The last time we participated, she [daughter] wasn't so sure what she was doing. This time around I could see how much she has progressed in a year."
  • "The centre is very well organized and all the people we have dealt with in the Child Studies area have been great and are great with the the kids."
  • "Visually appealing for children, comfortable, and relaxing."
  • "Great door-to-door service! Kids were put at ease and given many things to do. Thanks for a nice and relaxing visit time!"
  • "Very friendly well organized staff. It’s always enjoyable to watch your child’s response to various situations."
  • "My brief visit left a nice impression. It is a smoothly run centre. The experience of watching your child interacting with another adult is enlightening to say the least."
  • "We had fun. Felt comfortable. Glad to be of help."
  • "We’ve enjoyed the visit at the Centre for Child Studies. It was very interesting to watch how our three-year-old answers questions; the tester person was very professional and made the children feel comfortable. Thank you."
  • "I was very impressed with Karen's [a graduate student] style. She put Meg at ease very quickly. I am pleased to be able to contribute to child development studies."
  • "My son is timid with strangers and Cristina [a graduate student] was excellent in making him comfortable."
  • "Cristina did a great job with Laura. Well organized and punctual. Nice manner in working with her."
  • "It was interesting to see my daughter interact with the researcher. I appreciated the fact that I could watch and guess what I thought she would say. The Centre is very nice and warm environment for the children."
  • "Cristina did a great job with my child. Well organized and punctual. Nice manner in working with her."
  • "My child was very comfortable. Very accommodating for my other children I brought along."
  • "My son and I enjoyed our experience at the lab! The staff were very friendly and wonderful with my son. It was a very positive experience!"
  • "We had a very interesting day. My child likes it here. I like the program and enjoy participating."
  • "I'm impressed with the facility! My child was really intrigued by the two rooms. Thanks."
  • "Very child friendly (colours, toys). The experimenter related well to my little boy."
  • "Welcoming and friendly. We are pleased to be of help in the research. It's interesting and fun."
  • "It was interesting watching my child interact without me. I was surprised how he answered the questions. The Centre was equipped with interesting toys and the idea that what we see may not be right [mother is referring a particular topic during the study], has caused me to think of ways to teach my child."
  • "Very well organized and interesting."
  • "Rooms seem a cozy size that does not seem too intimidating for the child. Good environment. Good choice of toys to play with. Friendly researcher."
  • "We had fun. Felt very comfortable. Glad to be of help."
  • "Cristina easily established a relationship with my child. It was an interesting study to observe."
  • "I was very pleased with the way my children were treated. I was especially happy that their answers were accepted and they weren't pushed. I am very impressed. Thank you."
  • "It was enjoyable for my son and Cristina was quick to put him at ease. There was a variety of toys and games to hold his attention so that he wasn't worried about being separated from "mom"."
  • "You do a wonderful job at your centre. You're organized, enthusiastic, patient, and professional. It looks as if my very shy child is having fun. Thanks."
  • "It was very interesting to watch my child think and respond from a distance. I enjoyed participating."
  • "The activities were nice and short to hold my child's attention. Cristina was very kind."
  • "The setup was wonderful. There was lots of room for the children to play. Cristina was very friendly and patient. Parking was also easy to access."
  • "My child felt very comfortable and never asked to see me once. The atmosphere does not intimidate the child at all. I would do this again."
  • "We are happy to assist in learning processes. It's also interesting to watch how my child responds to someone else."
  • "We enjoyed our visit. Your Centre is very welcoming and Cristina was good at making my daughter comfortable. Thank you."
  • "We had a great visit. Cristina made the children both (sibling as well) feel comfortable. My daughter had fun and enjoyed the games and especially the stickers. It was very professional and fun. The two-way mirror was nice."
  • "Very well organized. Kaitlyn had a lot of fun and didn't want to go home!"
  • "Cristina is patient and makes children feel safe and happy. Thanks!"
  • "I am always interested to see how the researcher interacts with the children and the wording of the questions. Cristina was very attentive to all of the children - even the children who were not in the study!. Thank you!"
  • "The Centre is very organized and impressive. It is a very interesting place for the parents and a very fun place for the kids!"
  • "It's nice that there are things for siblings to do. I also liked being able to watch through the window."
  • "Anything to promote the understanding of the child! Excellent!"
  • "Cristina was very patient with Dayna in spite of her not co-operating."
  • "I think this is a very good program. The questions were very educational. It looked like Lexi was enjoying herself."

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