Research Profile

Helen Lynch

Biography

Helen Lynch qualified as an Occupational Therapist from St. Joseph's College of Occupational Therapy, Dublin in 1983. She began her career working in adult mental health and Care of the Elderly, and in a centre for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Cope Foundation Cork. She has worked as senior Occupational Therapist and Manager of Occupational Therapy services in a variety of centres, specialising in environmental access, sensory integration, and occupational development. In collaboration with parents and health professionals, she was instrumental in the development of a unit in Cork for children with developmental coordination disorder: the DCD Unit. This innovative service provided a one-stop service for assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children with DCD and was one of the first in Ireland to do so. She was successful in winning a scholarship for the national Clinicians in Leadership Programme run by the health services (2000-2002). 
 
Helen gained a Diploma in Montessori Education from the St. Nicholas College in London (1987) and a postgraduate award for advanced sensory integration from the University of Liverpool (2001). She completed a master's degree in UCC in 2007, researching typical occupations of children in middle-childhood. In 2012, she completed a PhD in social sciences from the Dublin Institute of Technology exploring physical play environments in the homes of infants under two.
Since 1998, she was a member of the teaching and mentoring team teaching post-graduate modules in sensory integration for the S.I.Network UK and Ireland provided through Cardiff University, Wales. In 2004 she joined the department of Occupational Therapy in UCC as full-time lecturer and Director of Brookfield Occupational Therapy Clinic. She designed and co-ordinated  the second year Occupational Therapy programme, focusing on Occupational Therapy applied to early childhood and teenagers for eight years. She is now Year Four co-ordinator and leads the teaching on research in the programme. She supervises undergraduate research projects related to children and family-centred practice and delivers masters modules in professional reasoning.
In 2007, Helen won the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in UCC. In 2011 to 2012, she was successful in a joint bid for provision of CPD research education to OT practitioners in Ireland, through the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.
Currently Helen is Director of the Occupational Science and Therapy Graduate Studies programme, a member of Academic Council, and a member of the steering committee of ISS21 Children and Young Peoples group.

Research Interests

Helen's interests are in occupational science as it relates to child development, environments and play, and in occupation-based practice in services for children. Currently she is exploring children's participation in physical activity play, in relation to development, learning and well-being and is involved in a number of projects exploring outdoor play environments: school yards and local playgrounds. Helen is one of two Irish representatives on the European COST project for play and children with disabilities (Ludi) Helen's PhD research explored indoor and outdoor learning environments in children under 2 years, with special focus on children's use of objects and spaces within the home environment. This study was commissioned by the Irish Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education (CECDE) under the National Children's Office. Helen's masters research project involved using time-diaries to record typical daily occupations of Cork children aged between 5 and 8 years of age. Thirty-four children participated in the study and results show some evidence of cultural differences in occupations compared to research from other countries. This project supports the need for further work in identifying occupations that are culturally relevant when working with children in Ireland. Current Postgraduate Students: Nita Desai; Karen Lennon MSc (Research); Ashwini Rao MSc (Taught); Pauline Keohane MSc (Taught); Liath Sheehan PhD; Patrick Hynes PhD; Gina Daly PhD; Nathalie Buhagiar PhD

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
European Joint Doctorate in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Research on Social TransformationEnterprise Irl11-JUN-1810-MAR-19€12,418.00
In-School and Early Years Therapy Demonstration Project EvaluationOther: Not Listed01-NOV-1830-SEP-19€110,000.00
To Explore Family Experiences of Local Play Provision in Public/Community Parks and Playgrounds and the Application of Universal Design Principles to Outdoor Parks amd Playgrounds.Irish Funded Research01-OCT-1702-NOV-18€22,562.00
Irish Research Council; Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2017; GOIPG/2017/1223; "Can I Play too? The opportunities and challenges to social inclusion for pre-schoolers with ASD on the playground"; Dr Helen Lynch; Ms Maeve CoughlanIrish Research Council01-OCT-1730-SEP-18€23,979.00
Inside-Out: Outdoor play and social inclusionRoyal Irish Academy20-JAN-1708-DEC-17€2,400.00
RIA Charlemont Grants 2017Royal Irish Academy (RIA)27-MAR-1708-DEC-17€2,400.00
Play for children with disabilities (LUDI)COST Actions01-JAN-1413-NOV-17€320,000.00
Play and children with disabilitiesCollege of Medicine & Health01-OCT-1530-SEP-16€5,000.00
Play and social inclusion for children with disabilitiesCollege of Medicine & Health€2,000.00
Contact with the outdoors and natural heritage among children aged 5 to 12; current trends, benefits, barriers and research requirementsThe Heritage Council01-SEP-1431-DEC-14€24,000.00
Infant places, spaces and objects within; exploring the home as a learning environment for Infants.Health Research Board14-JUN-1016-AUG-10€2,000.00
Exploring the physical in home environments for infantsIrish Research Council01-JAN-0807-JUL-12€48,000.00
Strategic European research relationship developmentUCC Strategic Research Fund21-SEP-1207-SEP-13€6,000.00
Practice Based researchHealth Service Executive07-JAN-1201-SEP-13€21,000.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2016)Barriers to play and recreation for children and young people with disabilities.
Barron, C., Beckett, A., Coussens, M., Desoete, A., Cannon Jones, N., Lynch, H., Prellwitz, M., & Fenney Salkeld, D. (2016) Barriers to play and recreation for children and young people with disabilities. China: De Gruyter Open. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2018)'Universal Design for social inclusion: Playgrounds for all'
Prellwitz, M. & Lynch, H. (2018) 'Universal Design for social inclusion: Playgrounds for all' In: Twomey, M. & Carroll, C (eds). Seen and Heard: Exploring participation, engagement and voice for children with disabilities. Germany: Peter Lang.   [Details]
(2018)'Beyond voice: An occupational science perspective on researching through doing'
Lynch, Helen (2018) 'Beyond voice: An occupational science perspective on researching through doing' In: Twomey, M. & Carroll, C (eds). Seen and Heard: Exploring participation, engagement and voice for children with disabilities. Germany: Peter Lang.   [Details]
(2018)'Which playspaces are appropriate for our children?'
Lynch, Helen (2018) 'Which playspaces are appropriate for our children?' In: Encarnação, Pedro, Ray-Kaeser, Sylvie, Bianquin, Nicole (eds). Guidelines for supporting children with disabiltiies play: Methodologies, tools and contexts. China: De Gruyter.   [Details]
(2018)'What barriers to play do children with disabilities face?'
Lynch, H., Moore, A. (2018) 'What barriers to play do children with disabilities face?' In: Pedro Encarnacao, Sylvie Ray-Kaeser, Nicole Bianquin (eds). Guidelines for supporting children with disabilities play: Methodologies, tools and contexts. China: De Gruyter.   [Details]
(2018)'Outdoor Play and Social Inclusion: Public Playspace Audit Version 5, 2017'
Lynch, H., Moore, A., & Prellwitz, M. (2018) 'Outdoor Play and Social Inclusion: Public Playspace Audit Version 5, 2017' In: Encarnação, Pedro, Ray-Kaeser, Sylvie, Bianquin, Nicole (eds). Guidelines for supporting children with disabilities' play Methodologies, tools, and contexts. China: De Gruyter.   [Details]
(2016)'Contribution of occupational therapy perspective to the promotion of play for the sake of play'
Ray-Kaeser, S., & Lynch, H. (2016) 'Contribution of occupational therapy perspective to the promotion of play for the sake of play' In: Play development in children with disabilities. China: De Gruyter Open. [Details]
(2016)'Influence of environmental factors on play for children with disabilities - an overview'
Beckett, A., Barron, C., Cannon Jones, N., Coussens, M., Desoete, A., Lynch, H., Prellwitz, M., & Fenney Salkeld, D. (2016) 'Influence of environmental factors on play for children with disabilities - an overview' In: Play development in children with disabilities. China: De Gruyter Open. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'An exploration of the outdoor play experiences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in an Irish pre-school setting'
Blake, A., Sexton, J., Lynch, H., Moore, A., & Coughlan, M. (2018) 'An exploration of the outdoor play experiences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in an Irish pre-school setting'. Today’s Children Tomorrows Parents, 47-48 :100-116 [Details]
(2018)'From policy to play provision: Universal Design and the challenge of inclusive play'
Lynch, H., Moore, A., & Prellwitz, M. (2018) 'From policy to play provision: Universal Design and the challenge of inclusive play'. Children, Youth and Environments, 28 (2):12-34 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Does visual perceptual testing correlate with caregiver and teacher reported functional visual skill difficulties in school-aged children? Considerations for practice'
Sullivan,C., Lynch, H., & Kirby, A. (2018) 'Does visual perceptual testing correlate with caregiver and teacher reported functional visual skill difficulties in school-aged children? Considerations for practice'. The Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Participation in play and children’s well-being'
Moore, A., & Lynch, H. (2018) 'Participation in play and children’s well-being'. Children’s Research Digest, 5 (2):109-113 [Details]
(2018)'Outdoor Play: Experiences of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder in Ireland'
Sexton, J., Blake, A., & Lynch, H. (2018) 'Outdoor Play: Experiences of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder in Ireland'. Children’s Research Digest, :77-83 [Details]
(2018)'From desire to design: Engaging children in designing for play in an Irish School setting'
Cagney, E. Carroll C. & Lynch, H (2018) 'From desire to design: Engaging children in designing for play in an Irish School setting'. Children’s Research Digest, 5 (2):37-45 [Details]
(2018)'Play and play occupation: a survey of paediatric occupational therapy practice in Ireland'
Moore, A., & Lynch, H. (2018) 'Play and play occupation: a survey of paediatric occupational therapy practice in Ireland'. The Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 46 (1):59-72   [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'The state of play in children's occupational therapy: A comparison between Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland'
Lynch, H, Prellwitz, M., Schulze, C, Moore, AH (2018) 'The state of play in children's occupational therapy: A comparison between Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81 :42-50 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Understanding a child's conceptualisation of well-being through an exploration of happiness: The centrality of play, people and place'
Moore, A, Lynch, H (2018) 'Understanding a child's conceptualisation of well-being through an exploration of happiness: The centrality of play, people and place'. Journal of Occupational Science, 25 :124-141 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Evidence-based practice education for healthcare professions: an expert view'
Lehane E;Leahy-Warren P;O'Riordan C;Savage E;Drennan J;O'Tuathaigh C;O'Connor M;Corrigan M;Burke F;Hayes M;Lynch H;Sahm L;Heffernan E;O'Keeffe E;Blake C;Horgan F;Hegarty J; (2018) 'Evidence-based practice education for healthcare professions: an expert view'. Bmj Evidence-Based Medicine, [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Beyond Words: Using Qualitative Video Methods for Researching Occupation With Young Children'
Lynch H, Stanley M; (2017) 'Beyond Words: Using Qualitative Video Methods for Researching Occupation With Young Children'. OTJR : occupation, participation and health, [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Enricher nos points de vue sur le jeu: de l’activites ludique au jeu pour le Plaisir de jouer: expanding our focus on play- from playful work to play'
Ray-Kaeser, S., & Lynch, H. (2017) 'Enricher nos points de vue sur le jeu: de l’activites ludique au jeu pour le Plaisir de jouer: expanding our focus on play- from playful work to play'. Ergotherapie, 65 :27-32 [Details]
(2016)'Play as an occupation in occupational therapy'
Lynch, H. and Moore, A. (2016) 'Play as an occupation in occupational therapy'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (9):519-520 [Details]
(2016)'Exploring socio-cultural influences that impact on infant play occupations in Irish home environments'
Lynch, H., Hayes, N., & Ryan, S. (2016) 'Exploring socio-cultural influences that impact on infant play occupations in Irish home environments'. Journal of Occupational Science, [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Environmental contexts and occupation: The effect of hospitalisation on children's playfulness'
Moore, H. & Lynch, H. (2015) 'Environmental contexts and occupation: The effect of hospitalisation on children's playfulness'. The Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 43 :26-33 [Details]
(2015)'Accessibility and usability of playground environments for children under 12: A scoping review'
Moore, A., & Lynch, H. (2015) 'Accessibility and usability of playground environments for children under 12: A scoping review'. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, :1-14 [Details]
(2015)'A shift from offline to online: Adolescence, the internet and social participation'
Kennedy, J., & Lynch, H. (2015) 'A shift from offline to online: Adolescence, the internet and social participation'. Journal of Occupational Science, [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Paediatric research: exploring parents' experiences of providing parental consent'
Harrington, J. & Lynch, H. (2014) 'Paediatric research: exploring parents' experiences of providing parental consent'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 42 (1):3-10 [Details]
(2013)'Exploring children's decisions to participate in Occupational Therapy research'
Lynch, R. & Lynch, H. (2013) 'Exploring children's decisions to participate in Occupational Therapy research'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 40 (1):22-30 [Details]
(2011)'Exploring the role of touch in the first year of life: mothers' perspectives of tactile interactions with their infants'
O'Brien, M;Lynch, H (2011) 'Exploring the role of touch in the first year of life: mothers' perspectives of tactile interactions with their infants'. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 :129-136 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Parents as environmental managers: the Irish home as a play space for toddlers'
Coughlan, M. & Lynch, H. (2011) 'Parents as environmental managers: the Irish home as a play space for toddlers'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 39 (1):34-41 [Details]
(2010)'Perspectives regarding Occupational Therapy practice with children and families'
Buchorn, M., & Lynch, H. (2010) 'Perspectives regarding Occupational Therapy practice with children and families'. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention, 3 (1):105-112 [Details]
(2010)'Occupational Therapy and the Entrepreneur'
Lynch, R., Hanley, S., & Lynch, H. (2010) 'Occupational Therapy and the Entrepreneur'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 38 (1):67-69 [Details]
(2009)'Patterns of activity of Irish children aged five to eight years: City living in Ireland today'
Lynch, H. (2009) 'Patterns of activity of Irish children aged five to eight years: City living in Ireland today'. Journal of Occupational Science, 16 (1):44-49 [Details]
(2008)'Sensory Integration Conference Review: report from Los Angeles'
Lynch, H. (2008) 'Sensory Integration Conference Review: report from Los Angeles'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 36 (2):41-42 [Details]
(2008)'The use of home programmes in children's occupational therapy: bad habits or good practice?'
Hurley, N., & Lynch, H. (2008) 'The use of home programmes in children's occupational therapy: bad habits or good practice?'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 36 (3) [Details]
(2003)'The effect of a sensory integration approach on a child with developmental coordination disorder'
Lynch, H. (2003) 'The effect of a sensory integration approach on a child with developmental coordination disorder'. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 32 (2):13-19 [Details]
(1996)''The development of School-Based Occupational Therapy Services -Learning Disabilities''
Lynch, H. (1996) ''The development of School-Based Occupational Therapy Services -Learning Disabilities''. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 26 (1):27-30 [Details]
(1994)''Work Evaluation: The Jacob's Pre-Vocational Skills Assessment (J.P.S.A.)''
Lynch, H., & Sharkey, M. (1994) ''Work Evaluation: The Jacob's Pre-Vocational Skills Assessment (J.P.S.A.)''. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 24 (1):24-29 [Details]
(1986)''Occupational Therapy in Special Schools''
Lynch, H. (1986) ''Occupational Therapy in Special Schools''. Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, * (*):2-5 [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'A look at Sensory Integration through Irish Eyes'
Lynch, H. (2015) 'A look at Sensory Integration through Irish Eyes' Sensor Net Journal, 44 :9-13. [Details]
(2010)'Developing a focus on research in the SINetwork UK and Ireland'
Lynch, H; (2010) 'Developing a focus on research in the SINetwork UK and Ireland' Sensornet, 31 :19-21. [Details]
(2009)'Developmental Co-ordination Disorder and sensory integration'
Lynch, H.; (2009) 'Developmental Co-ordination Disorder and sensory integration' Sensornet, 30 :12-13. [Details]
(2007)'Sensory Integration-current and future trends'
Lynch, H.; (2007) 'Sensory Integration-current and future trends' Sensornet, 27 :14-19. [Details]
(2005)'A review of sensory integration- chapter review from the new edition of Ocupational Therapy for Children'
Lynch, H.; (2005) 'A review of sensory integration- chapter review from the new edition of Ocupational Therapy for Children' Sensornet, 23 :14-19. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2018)UDHEIT Conference
Lynch, H., Moore, A., Edwards, C., & Horgan, L. (2018) Community Parks and Playgrounds: Intergenerational Participation through Universal Design . In: National Disability Authority eds. UDHEIT Conference Dublin, Ireland, , 30-OCT-18 - 02-NOV-18   [Details]
(2018)Outdoor Play and Early Learning Policy Research Invitational Symposium
Lynch, H., & Moore, A. (2018) From Policy to Play Provision: inclusion by design - design by inclusion . In: Lawson Foundation eds. Outdoor Play and Early Learning Policy Research Invitational Symposium Toronto, Canada, , 24-OCT-18 - 26-OCT-18 [Details]
(2018)Society for the Study of Occupation; Annual conference
Lynch, H., Moore, A., Edwards, C., & Horgan, L. (2018) Restoration in outdoors: open spaces for play and leisure restoration in urban communities Society for the Study of Occupation; Annual conference Lexington, Kentucky, USA, , 11-OCT-18 - 13-OCT-18   [Details]
(2018)Society for the Study of Occupation; Annual conference
Lynch, H. (2018) The Ludi project: articulating the place of play occupation as a rights-based approach in providing for play for children with disabilities and their families Society for the Study of Occupation; Annual conference Lexington, Kentucky, USA, , 11-OCT-18 - 13-OCT-18   [Details]
(2018)9th Child in the city World Conference
Lynch, H., Moore. A., Edwards, C. & Horgan, L. (2018) Designing for social inclusion: exploring a Universal Design approach in urban playgrounds 9th Child in the city World Conference Vienna, Austria, , 24-SEP-18 - 26-SEP-18   [Details]
(2018)Revolutionising Play: Perspectives, Possibilities and Promise, International Play Conference
Lynch, H., Carroll, C, Cagney, E., McAuliffe, E., Hinchion, S., Sexton, J., Blake, A (2018) Children’s perspectives and experiences of play across three different contexts: preschool, school and community Revolutionising Play: Perspectives, Possibilities and Promise, International Play Conference Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, , 15-SEP-18 - 15-SEP-18 [Details]
(2018)17th World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress
Methusalemsdottir, H., Lynch, H., Moore, A. (2018) Social inclusion, disability and environments: looking outside for play occupationa and children with disabilities 17th World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress Cape Town, South Africa, , 21-MAY-18 - 25-MAY-18 [Details]
(2017)International Play Association Triennial World Conference, Unleashing the Power of Play
Maria Prellwitz, Helen Lynch, Christina Schulze, Alice Moore (2017) Promoting or preventing play for children with disabilities in Europe: perspectives from policy and practice International Play Association Triennial World Conference, Unleashing the Power of Play Calgary, Canada, [Details]
(2017)Society for the Study of Occupation Annual conference
Lynch, H., Moore, A. (2017) 2. Participation and play: outdoor playspaces as sites of social exclusion? a European perspective Society for the Study of Occupation Annual conference Seattle, USA, [Details]
(2016)DSAI: Software technologies for enhancing accessibility and fighting info-exclusion
Besio, S., Bonarini, A., Lynch, H., Molina, P., Veronese, F., Bulgarelli, D. (2016) Mainstream robotic toys and children with physical impairment: what about playfulness? DSAI: Software technologies for enhancing accessibility and fighting info-exclusion [Details]
(2016)Building resilience, enhancing social support: what research tells us
Lynch, H., Moore, A. (2016) Outdoor playspaces: children with disabilities and social inclusion Building resilience, enhancing social support: what research tells us [Details]
(2016)COTEC-ENOTHE Congress
Moore, A., & Lynch, H. (2016) To explore and understand children's conceptualisations of play and well-being in contemporary Ireland COTEC-ENOTHE Congress [Details]
(2016)COTEC-ENOTHE Congress
Lynch, H., Prellwitz, M., Ray-Kaeser, S., Jansens, R., & Coussens, M. (2016) Connecting through play: LUDI Research Network - COST Action TD1309. [Symposium] COTEC-ENOTHE Congress [Details]
(2016)COTEC-ENOTHE Congress
Fallon, J., Lane, S., Carretta, H., & Lynch, H. (2016) Examining the application of the transactional model of sleep to premature infants: a structural equation modelling approach within a population-based dataset COTEC-ENOTHE Congress [Details]
(2015)Sun, Scholarship, Occupation Conference, SSO-USA
Lynch. H, Kilkelly, U., O'Connell, A., Moore, A., & Field, S. (2015) Play and Playspaces: Exploring the Outdoors and Natural Heritage among children aged 5 to 12 Sun, Scholarship, Occupation Conference, SSO-USA [Details]
(2015)Sun, Scholarship, Occupation-SSO-USA
Cagney, E., Carroll, C., & Lynch, H. (2015) Play and Payspaces: Listening to children's voices on designing for play in an Irish school setting Sun, Scholarship, Occupation-SSO-USA [Details]
(2015)Sun, Scholarship, Occupation- SSO-USA
Moore, A., & Lynch, H. (2015) Play and Playspaces: Accessibility and Usability of Playground Environments for children under 12 Sun, Scholarship, Occupation- SSO-USA Fort Lauderdale, Florida, [Details]
(2015)AOTI Annual Conference
Bates, W., & Lynch, H. (2015) Occupational Therapy for children and adolescents with ADHD: a survey of the current practices of occupational therapists within the Republic of Ireland AOTI Annual Conference [Details]
(2015)AOTI Annual Conference
Lennon, K., Lynch, H., & Jackson, J. (2015) An occupational perspective of the lived experience of young unemployed adults in Ireland AOTI Annual Conference [Details]
(2014)Occupational Therapy Leadership: fostering occupation-based practice
Lynch, H., Cribbin, V., & Fallon, J. (2014) Sensory integration or sensory diets? Exploring sensory-based practice and the three-tiered approach in paediatric Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy Leadership: fostering occupation-based practice [Details]
(2014)International Occupational Science Institute
Lynch, H. (2014) Illuminating family practices: video in qualitative research- methods and challenges International Occupational Science Institute Minneapolis, MN, USA, [Details]
(2014)Count Me IN: Child and Youth occupations conference
Lynch, H. (2014) Untangling play occupations in infants under two Count Me IN: Child and Youth occupations conference London, UK, [Details]
(2014)OMEP World Congress
Lynch, H., & Hayes, N. (2014) Social play in infants under two: relationships, environments and affordances OMEP World Congress Cork, Ireland, [Details]
(2014)Count Me In: Child and youth occupations conference
Riley, E., & Lynch, H. (2014) Count sleep in! Count Me In: Child and youth occupations conference London, UK, [Details]
(2013)Occupational: awakening to the everyday
Lynch, H., & Falcini, U. (2013) A functional approach to researching the physical environment: exploring affordances in children's play Occupational: awakening to the everyday [Details]
(2013)OMEP : Organisation Mondiale pour l'Educational Prescolaire
Lynch, H. (2013) Exploring the home as a JUST-RIGHT environment for play OMEP : Organisation Mondiale pour l'Educational Prescolaire Cork, , 27-APR-13 - 27-APR-13 [Details]
(2013)AOTI Annual Conference: Evidence and Innovation
Crausaz, J. & Lynch, H. (2013) Supporting Practitioners in being research consumers and generators through CPD AOTI Annual Conference: Evidence and Innovation Mulllingar, , 19-APR-13 - 20-APR-13 [Details]
(2013)AOTI Annual Conference: Evidence and Innovation
Lynch, H. (2013) Researching infants' lives: exploring play in Irish homes AOTI Annual Conference: Evidence and Innovation Mullingar, Ireland, , 19-APR-13 - 20-APR-13 [Details]
(2013)AOTI Annual Conference: evidence and innovation
LeClair, S., & Lynch, H. (2013) The occupational effects of Internet use among students in an Irish university AOTI Annual Conference: evidence and innovation Mullingar, Ireland, [Details]
(2012)Annual research conference for the Study of Occupation, USA
Lynch, H. (2012) exploring the home as a just-right environment Annual research conference for the Study of Occupation, USA Portland, Oregon, USA, , 04-OCT-12 - 06-OCT-12 [Details]
(2012)Annual research conference for the Study of Occupation, USA
Lynch, H. (2012) Exploring affordances in home environments for infants under two Annual research conference for the Study of Occupation, USA Portland, Oregon, USA, , 04-OCT-12 - 06-OCT-12 [Details]
(2012)Occupation Diversity for the Future, Congress for Occupational Therapists in Europe
Lynch, H. (2012) Home environments as sociocultural settings for infant play Occupation Diversity for the Future, Congress for Occupational Therapists in Europe Stockholm, Sweden, , 29-MAY-12 - 31-MAY-12 [Details]
(2011)2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research; An agenda for the next decade
Lynch, H. (2011) Sensory rich environments: learning from typical child development 2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research; An agenda for the next decade Portugal, , 26-MAY-11 - 29-MAY-11 [Details]
(2011)2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research; An agenda for the next decade
Lynch, H., Cribbin, V., & Cousins, S. (2011) Knowledge, skills and attitudes: an approach to sensory integration education for life-long learning 2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research; An agenda for the next decade Portugal, , 26-MAY-11 - 29-MAY-11 [Details]
(2011)2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research; An agenda for the next decade
O'Callaghan, J., & Lynch, H. (2011) Clinical utility of the Structured Clinical Observation Tool: therapists' perspectives 2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research; An agenda for the next decade Portugal, , 26-MAY-11 - 29-MAY-11 [Details]
(2010)Redefining Boundaries and Bridges: 1st Joint Conference of the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists and the Society for the Study of Occupation:USA
Lynch, H. (2010) The emergence of occupation: infant environment transactions in the home Redefining Boundaries and Bridges: 1st Joint Conference of the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists and the Society for the Study of Occupation:USA UNiversity of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, , 14-OCT-10 - 16-OCT-10 [Details]
(2010)Redefining boundaries and bridges in occupation: 1st joint conference for Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists and the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA
Lynch, H. (2010) Material and Environmental Culture of childhood: objects and spaces in the home Redefining boundaries and bridges in occupation: 1st joint conference for Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists and the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, , 14-OCT-10 - 16-OCT-10 [Details]
(2010)AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Lynch, H., & Cribbin, C. (2010) Sensory integration and sensory processing: from the original concept to the present day AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference Dublin, Ireland, , 27-MAY-10 - 29-MAY-10 [Details]
(2010)AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Lynch, H. (2010) Natural learning environments for children under 2: the power of the ordinary AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference Dublin, Ireland, , 27-MAY-10 - 29-MAY-10 [Details]
(2009)Celebrating Quality Family Day Care- IFDCO: International Family Day Care Conference
Lynch, H. (2009) Everyday learning in Home Environments- creating learning environments for children under 2 Celebrating Quality Family Day Care- IFDCO: International Family Day Care Conference UCC, Cork, Ireland, , 15-JUL-09 - 18-JUL-09 [Details]
(2009)Closing the gap in child and adolescent health: annual health promotion research conference
Lynch, H. (2009) Early Learning Environments for children under 2: the power of the ordinary Closing the gap in child and adolescent health: annual health promotion research conference NUIG, Galway, Ireland, , 15-JUN-09 - 16-JUN-09 [Details]
(2008)National ResearchingChildren's Conference
Lynch, H. (2008) Researching with children- what the study of time can tell us National ResearchingChildren's Conference Galway, Ireland, , 01-FEB-08 - 01-FEB-08 [Details]
(2008)Canadian Occupational Science Conference
Lynch, H. (2008) Environments and occupation for children in middle childhood Canadian Occupational Science Conference Thunder Bay, Canada, , 01-MAY-08 - 01-MAY-08 [Details]
(2008)AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy conference
Lynch, H. (2008) Patterns of participation in Cork City children AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy conference Kilkenny, Ireland, , 15-MAY-08 - 15-MAY-08 [Details]
(2007)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland National Conference
Ryan, S., O'Sullivan, C., & Lynch, H. (2007) A Clinical Reasoning Tool for enhancing practice: The Advanced Clinical Reasoning Proforma Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland National Conference Dublin, Ireland, , 01-MAY-07 - 01-MAY-07 [Details]
(2007)Occupational Science UK and Ireland conference
Lynch, H. (2007) Occupational profiling of children in middle childhood Occupational Science UK and Ireland conference Aberdeen, Scotland, , 01-SEP-07 - 01-SEP-07 [Details]
(2007)National Irish Occupational Therapy. Conference
Lynch, H., & Crusaz, J. (2007) Researching and evidence based practice National Irish Occupational Therapy. Conference Tullamore, Co Offaly, , 01-MAY-07 - 01-MAY-07 [Details]
(2007)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference
Crausaz, J., & Lynch, H. (2007) A look at new evidence in occupational therapy for children: Perspectives for the future Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Conference Tullamore, Co. Offaly, , 17-MAY-07 - 17-MAY-07 [Details]
(2006)AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference
Lynch, H., & Delport, S. (2006) Occupation-based practice in paediatric Occupational Therapy: is sensory integration redundant? AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference Dublin, Ireland, , 01-MAY-06 - 01-MAY-06 [Details]
(2006)14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy
Lynch, H., & O'Sullivan, C. (2006) A resource for education: the development of clinical reasoning using the Clinical Reasoning Proforma 14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Sydney, Australia, , 01-JUL-06 - 01-JUL-06 [Details]
(2006)14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy
O'Sullivan, C., & Lynch, H. (2006) Developing the entrepreneurial qualities of students in a new honours degree undergraduate programme 14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Sydney, Australia, , 01-JUL-06 - 01-JUL-06 [Details]
(2006)14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy
Lynch, H. (2006) The Person-Occupation-Environment relationship: a framework for undergraduate program development 14th Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Sydney, Australia, , 01-JUL-06 - 01-JUL-06 [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2019)Community Parks and Playgrounds: Intergenerational Participation through Universal Design.
Lynch, H., Moore, A., Edwards, C., & Horgan, L (2019) Community Parks and Playgrounds: Intergenerational Participation through Universal Design. Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Cork. [Details]
(2017)Research on Teaching of Evidence Based Practice to Health Care Professionals and Healthcare Professional Students in Ireland.
Lehane, E., Leahy Warren, P., O’Riordan, C., Savage, E., Drennan, J., O ‘Tuathaigh, C., O’Connor, M., Corrigan, M., Burke, F., Hayes, M., Lynch, H., Sahm, L., Heffernan, E., O’Keefe, E., Blake, C., Horgan, F, Hegarty, J. (2017) Research on Teaching of Evidence Based Practice to Health Care Professionals and Healthcare Professional Students in Ireland. Department of Health, Dublin. [Details]
(2016)Children and the Outdoors - Contact with the outdoors and natural heritage among children aged 5 to 12: Current trends, benefits, barriers and research requirements.
Kilkelly, U., Lynch, H., Moore, A., O'Connell, A., and Field, S. C. (2016) Children and the Outdoors - Contact with the outdoors and natural heritage among children aged 5 to 12: Current trends, benefits, barriers and research requirements. The Heritage Council, Kilkenny, Ireland. [Details]
(2007)NAIRTL Annual Report 2007: Assessment for Learning.
Lynch, H.; (2007) NAIRTL Annual Report 2007: Assessment for Learning. . [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2018)Play anything: The pleasure of limits, the uses of boredom, and the secret of games.
Lynch, H (2018) Play anything: The pleasure of limits, the uses of boredom, and the secret of games. ABINGDON: Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Magazine article

 YearPublication
(2015)An affordance perspective on infant play in home settings: a 'just-right' environment. ChildLinks.
Lynch, H., & Hayes, N. (2015) An affordance perspective on infant play in home settings: a 'just-right' environment. ChildLinks. Magazine article [Details]

Policy Contribution

 YearPublication
(2014)AOTI Research Strategy: 2014-2019.
Lynch, H., Boland, L., Fox, J., Hynes, P., Lyons, E., McGarry, T., & Quinn, S. (2014) AOTI Research Strategy: 2014-2019. Dublin: Policy Contribution [Details]

Review Articles

 YearPublication
(2005)A review of Sensory Integration~ chapter review from the new edition of Occupational Therapy for Children.
Lynch, H. (2005) A review of Sensory Integration~ chapter review from the new edition of Occupational Therapy for Children. Review Articles [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2012)Infant Places, Spaces and Objects: Exploring the Physical in Learning Environments for Infants Under Two.
Lynch, H. (2012) Infant Places, Spaces and Objects: Exploring the Physical in Learning Environments for Infants Under Two. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Practice Guideline

 YearPublication
(2003)Sensory Integration- a resource for parents and therapists.
Cribbin, V. Lynch, H., Bagshawe, B. & Chadwick, K. ; (2003) Sensory Integration- a resource for parents and therapists. Dublin, Ireland: Practice Guideline [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013HRB award for Cochrane Training on Conducting Systematic Reviews Health Research Board
2017Charlemont Scholar award Royal Irish Academy
2008NAIRTL award for research in teaching NAIRTL
2007President's award for Excellence in Teaching Presidents office, UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland Research Chairperson 2009-201019-SEP-09 / 18-SEP-10
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) Research Committee Member01-JAN-07 / 01-JAN-07
Regional Group of Paediatric Occupational Therapists Secretary 2005-200801-JAN-05 / 01-JAN-08
Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland Chairperson, 2001-200301-JAN-01 / 31-DEC-03
Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists Member01-JAN-09 /
International Society of Occupational Scientists Member01-JAN-11 /
International Play Association Member01-JAN-14 /
The Society for the Study of Occupation: USA Member01-JAN-11 /
Children's Research Network Ireland and Northern Ireland member01-JAN-11 / 31-DEC-14
Irish Association of Occupational Therapists member01-JAN-14 / 31-DEC-14

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)Fifth European Sensory Integration Congress,
Lynch, H. (2017) International sensory integration research conference. [Referee], Fifth European Sensory Integration Congress, Vienna, Austria . [Details]
(2017)Children’s Research Network conference,
Hynes, P., Lynch, H. & Parkes, A. (2017) Remaining client-centred and ensuring children’s participation in occupational science and occupational therapy research. [Poster Presentation], Children’s Research Network conference, Dublin, Ireland . [Details]
(2016)COTEC ENOTHE Congress,
Moore, A. and Lynch, H. (2016) To explore and understand children’s conceptualisations of play and well-being in contemporary Ireland. [Oral Presentation], COTEC ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2016)Health and Wellbeing through Occupation, OSE Conference,
Moore, A. and Lynch, H. (2016) To explore and understand children’s conceptualisations of play and well-being in contemporary Ireland: Preliminary findings. [Poster Presentation], Health and Wellbeing through Occupation, OSE Conference, Bournemouth, U.K . [Details]
(2015)AOTI Annual Conference,
Lennon, K., Lynch, H., & Jackson, J. (2015) An occupational perspective of the lived experience of young unemployed adults in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], AOTI Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2015)Sun, Scholarship, Occupation Conference, SSO-USA,
Lynch. H, Kilkelly, U., O'Connell, A., Moore, A. and Field, S. (2015) Play and Playspaces: Exploring the Outdoors and Natural Heritage among children aged 5 to 12. [Oral Presentation], Sun, Scholarship, Occupation Conference, SSO-USA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida . [Details]
(2015)Sun, Scholarship, Occupation, SSO-USA,
Moore, A. and Lynch, H. (2015) Play and Playspaces: Accessibility and Usability of Playground Environments for children under 12. [Poster Presentation], Sun, Scholarship, Occupation, SSO-USA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida . [Details]
(2015)4th European Sensory Integration Congress,
Lynch. H. (2015) Scientific Committee Member for review of abstracts. [Referee], 4th European Sensory Integration Congress, Birmingham, UK , 10-SEP-15 - 12-SEP-15. [Details]
(2014)3rd European Sensory Integration Conference,
Scientific Committee (2014) Member of scientific committee for review of abstracts for the european conference. [Referee], 3rd European Sensory Integration Conference, Finland , 11-JUN-14 - 13-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)Early Intervention in Ireland: where do we go from here?,
Lynch, H. (2014) Policy, Practice and Play: an occupational therapists perspective on the Early Intervention context in Ireland 2014. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Early Intervention in Ireland: where do we go from here?, Trinity College, Dublin . [Details]
(2013)Annual Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland Conference,
Lynch, H. (2013) Ayres sensory integration as a play-based approach-typical play development and sensory rich environments. [Invited Oral Presentation], Annual Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland Conference, Birmingham, UK , 21-SEP-13 - 21-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013)Occupation: awakening to the everyday,
Lynch, H. (2013) European Occupational Science Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Occupation: awakening to the everyday, University College Cork , 05-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013)Childrens' Research Network: Ethics, consent and participation in research,
Lynch, H. (2013) Exploring decision-making in consenting to participate in research: a family perspective. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Childrens' Research Network: Ethics, consent and participation in research, University College Cork , 14-JUN-13 - 14-JUN-13. [Details]
(2011)2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research: An agenda for the next decade,
Lynch, H. (2011) Conference Scientific Committee member. [N/A], 2nd European Conference: Moving forward in Sensory Integration: theory, practice and research: An agenda for the next decade, Portugal , 26-MAY-11 - 29-MAY-11. [Details]
(2010)Redefining Boundaries and Bridges in Occupation,
Lynch, H. (2010) Panel Discussant on the forum on Children's Occupations. [Other], Redefining Boundaries and Bridges in Occupation, University of Western Ontario, London, ONtario, Canada , 14-OCT-10 - 16-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress,
Lynch, H. (2010) abstract reviewer. [Referee], World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Chile , 06-JUL-09 - 03-AUG-09. [Details]
(2009)Sensory Integration Annual Conference,
Lynch, H., & Cribbin, C. (2009) Future trends in sensory integration-report form the R2K conference Los Angeles, USA February 2009. [Invited Oral Presentation], Sensory Integration Annual Conference, Cardiff, Wales , 19-SEP-09 - 19-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Closing the gap in child and adolescent health: annual health promotion research conference,
Ni Bhriain, M., & Lynch, H. (2009) Tactile interaction while attending to an infants activities of dialy living: the parents experience. [Poster Presentation], Closing the gap in child and adolescent health: annual health promotion research conference, NUIG, Galway, Ireland , 15-JUN-09 - 16-JUN-09. [Details]
(2009)Closing the gap in child and adolescent health: annual health promotion conference,
Barry, S., & Lynch, H. (2009) Childrens perceptions of video games as an occupation: a qualitative study. [Poster Presentation], Closing the gap in child and adolescent health: annual health promotion conference, NUIG, Galway, Ireland , 15-JUN-09 - 16-JUN-09. [Details]
(2009)AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference,
Lynch, H. (2009) Demystifying research (workshop). Research committee,. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], AOTI National Irish Occupational Therapy Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland , 01-JAN-09 - 01-JAN-09. [Details]
(2008)Sensory Integration-Introductory Day,
Lynch, H., & Caulfield, M. (2008) Workshop presented to Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and parents. [Oral Presentation], Sensory Integration-Introductory Day, Galway, Ireland , 01-JUL-08 - 01-JUL-08. [Details]
(2008)Annual Sensory Integration Network Conference, UK and Ireland,
Lynch, H. (2008) Report from Los Angeles- future trends in sensory integration research. [Oral Presentation], Annual Sensory Integration Network Conference, UK and Ireland, Edinburgh, Scotland , 01-SEP-08 - 01-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008)Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD,
Lynch, H. (2008) Presented to the primary teachers summer course, Greenmount School, Cork. [Oral Presentation], Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD, Cork, Ireland , 02-JUN-08 - 02-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD,
Lynch, H. (2008) Presented to teachers on the Post-graduate Education Programme, Department of Education, University College Cork. [Oral Presentation], Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD, University College Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2007)Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD,
Lynch, H. (2007) Presented to teachers on the Post-graduate Education Programme, Department of Education, University College Cork,. [Oral Presentation], Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD, University College Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference,
Lynch, H., & McGowan, P. (2007) Service Evaluation. [Oral Presentation], Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference, Tullamore, Co Offaly , 01-MAY-07 - 01-MAY-07. [Details]
(2007)ENOTHE,
Lynch, H. (2007) (European Network for Occupational Therapists in Higher Education). [Conference Organising Committee Member], ENOTHE, University College Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2006)Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD,
Lynch, H. (2006) Presented to Special Education Support Service (Ireland), DCD workshop for Resource Teachers, Kilkenny. [Oral Presentation], Children with coordination difficulties: Occupational Therapy and DCD, Kilkenny, Ireland , 01-FEB-06 - 01-FEB-06. [Details]
(2005)National Association of Paediatric Occupational Therapists (UK),
Lynch, H. (2005) The Development of Paediatric Occupational Therapy Programmes in Undergraduate Education: an occupational approach. [Oral Presentation], National Association of Paediatric Occupational Therapists (UK), Nottingham, England , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2004)Developmental Coordination Disorder-therapy and education workshop,
Lynch, H. (2004) presented at Special Education Support Service (S.E.S.S., Department of Education and Science). [Oral Presentation], Developmental Coordination Disorder-therapy and education workshop, Ireland , 01-MAR-04 - 01-MAR-04. [Details]
(2004)Occupational Science UK and Ireland,
Lynch, H. (2004) Conference committee. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Occupational Science UK and Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-04 - 01-JAN-04. [Details]
(2003)Developmental Coordination Disorder-therapy and education workshop,
Lynch, H. (2003) presented at Special Education Support Service (S.E.S.S., Department of Education and Science). [Oral Presentation], Developmental Coordination Disorder-therapy and education workshop, Ireland , 01-DEC-03 - 01-DEC-03. [Details]
(2003)Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference,
Lynch, H., & Worrall, A. (2003) Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology: what are our core skills?. [Oral Presentation], Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference, Killarney, Ireland , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference,
Lynch, H. (2003) The development of a community paediatric induction programme for Occupational Therapists. [Oral Presentation], Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference, Killarney, Ireland , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Sensory Integration Conference,
Lynch, H, Cribbin, V., & Caulfield, M. (2003) Sensory Integration- An Introduction. [Oral Presentation], Sensory Integration Conference, Galway, Ireland , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference,
Lynch, H. (2003) Providing school-based Occupational Therapy interventions: a handwriting/ pre-writing group ~ on a budget!. [Oral Presentation], Annual Irish Occupational Therapy Conference, Killarney, Ireland , 01-APR-03 - 01-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)Sensory Integration- Introductory Day,
H. Lynch, Cribbin, V., & Caulfield, M. (2003) presented to Speech and Language Therapists Group, Galway. [Oral Presentation], Sensory Integration- Introductory Day, Galway, Ireland , 01-JAN-03 - 01-JAN-03. [Details]
(1999)Resource Teachers Training Course,
Lynch, H. (1999) School-based Occupational Therapy and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder Workshop. [Invited Oral Presentation], Resource Teachers Training Course, * , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Speech and Language Therapists Group,
Lynch, H., Cribbin, V., & Caulfield, M. (1999) Sensory Integration - Introduction Day (workshop). [Invited Oral Presentation], Speech and Language Therapists Group, Galway , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Special Education Support Service (S.E.S.S. Department of Education and Science),
Lynch, H. (1999) Workshop on Developmental Co-ordination Disorder Therapy and Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], Special Education Support Service (S.E.S.S. Department of Education and Science), * , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual conference,
Lynch, H., & Sharkey, M. (1999) Workshop presentation on Sensory Diets for Clients with Learning Disabilities. [Other], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual conference, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)National Paediatric Occupational Therapy Study Day,
Lynch, H. (1999) Community Paediatric Occupational Therapy - Practice Guidelines. [N/A], National Paediatric Occupational Therapy Study Day, Dublin , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)European Association on Early Intervention Conference,
Lynch, H. (1999) Workshop on Sensory Integration and Early Intervention. [N/A], European Association on Early Intervention Conference, Killarney, Co.Kerry , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
UCC Social Research Ethics Committee Ethical review of research project proposals2016 /
Academic Council Member2016 / 2019
Graduate studies committee for the School of Clinical Therapies Director of Graduate studies and department representative2009 /
Brookfield Clinic Management Committee to oversee the management and development of Brookfield OT Clinic/ to oversee development of research as a strand of the clinic development2004 /
DARE committee advisory group Advisory role for screening applications under the DARE DCD/Dyspraxia scheme2013 /
Re-Accreditation committee, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Chair2012 / 2013
Teaching and curriculum committee for Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department representative2012 /
Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland editorial committee, teaching committee and chairperson1998 / 2011
Research priorities study for therapies in Ireland Research Advisory Group2009 / 2011
Research Committee of the Irish OT Association member and acting chair2010 /
ISS21 Children and Young People's Group member of steering group2010 /
Post graduate studies committee School representative2008 / 2009
Library representative for Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department representative2004 / 2006
Technical Working Group - Development of a national consultation document for Early Childhood Learning & Development Member2002 / 2003
National Therapy Research Advisory Group Member, Occupational Therapy Representative2008 / 2009

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Dept. Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University College Cork Academic01-JUL-04 /
Health Services Executive (HSE) St. Finbarr's Hospital, Cork Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Acting Manager(Community Services).02-JAN-99 / 30-JUN-04
Enable Ireland, Ballintemple, Cork Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist01-JAN-96 / 01-JAN-99
Cope Foundation Bonnington, Montenotte, Cork Manager of Occupational Therapy services01-JAN-84 / 01-JAN-96
HSE, St Anne's Hospital, Skibbereen Occupational Therapist01-JAN-83 / 31-DEC-84
HSE, St James Hospital, Dublin Occupational Therapist01-JAN-83 / 31-DEC-84

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2012Dublin Institute of Technology PhDSocial sciences: play and learning in children and home environments
2007University College Cork MScAdvanced Healthcare Practice
2002University of Birmingham and Office of Health Management Certificate in Leadership DevelopmentLeadership Development
1988St. Nicholas Centre for Montessori Education, London DiplomaMontessori Education
1983St. Joseph's College of Occupational Therapy, Dublin. DiplomaOccupational Therapy

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
British Journal Of Occupational Therapy Referee01-JUN-13 -
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Referee01-JAN-19 -
Journal Of Occupational Science Referee11-JAN-15 -
Child Care Health And Development Referee30-AUG-13 -
Irish Journal Of Occupational Therapy Referee01-JAN-10 -
Sensor Net Journal Member of Editorial Board01-JAN-00 -

Outreach Activities

 Description

Member of the mentoring team for the Sensory Integration Masters module 4: Sensory Integration Network, UK & Ireland, and University of Ulster, Jordanstown

Developing and supervising research projects with local community and schools: play, playgrounds and inclusion

Provision of workshops on Occupational Therapy and DCD/Dyspraxia for the Post graduate programme in Special Education, UCC

Provision of workshops for the Introduction of theory of sensory integration-for undergraduate students and basic grade therapists

Representative for AOTI at HSE Consultation Forum for Assessment of Need, Mullingar, 2007

Working group member, AOTI: for the development of national practice guidelines for working with children with DCD, 2007


Convenor of the Research Think Tank for the SINetwork UK and Ireland, Cardiff, Wales, September, 2009

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland & HSE
Provision of practice-based research workshops i multiple locations around Ireland over a 10 month period to practising occupational therapists

Other Activities

 Description

External Supervisor for student on PhD track (2013-2016) - Catherine O'Connor (Trinity College Dublin): "Occupational therapy using an Ayres Sensory Integration™ approach: five case studies of effectiveness with children with developmental coordination disorder/dyspraxia.'

External examiner for the Department of Occupational Therapy undergraduate programme, Malta 2018 to date

Irish representative for the ENOTHE network 2018 to date

External PhD Supervisor (2011 to 2015) - Joanne Fallon (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA): "Growing up in Ireland: factors impacting sleep patterns of preterm infants." Awarded: 2015

Grant application reviewer for the Canadian Society for Occupational Science 2012 and 2013

January 2003 to date, facilitated with others in the teaching and sharing of ongoing research on Clinical Observations in Sensory Integration. This is part of a post-graduate module course presented for Sensory Integration Network, U.K. and Ireland and the University of Cardiff, Wales.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Helen is currently responsible for coordinating the PhD and MSc research programme for the Department of OSOT, and the 4th Year of the BSc in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She currently teaches the following undergraduate modules: OT4004, OT3008 and OT4007. She also supervises 4th year dissertations, MSc dissertations and PhD studies related to researching with children. Her interests in teaching relate to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy with children
Undergraduate research: Year 4 student projects
2017-2018: 1. Sensory rooms in a school for children with ASD. 2. Universal Design for playgrounds and children with DCD. 3. object play for children with severe disability. 4. community playground usability for children aged 6-8 years in Cork city
2016-2017: 1. Risky Play in a local town in Ireland. 2. Outdoor play in a preschool setting for children with ASD.
2015-2016: 1. Universal Design and inclusive playgrounds. 2. Action research in preschool setting.
2014-2015: 1. Exploring impact of sensory processing difficulties in family occupations 2. Action research with primary school children: designing for outdoor play
2013-2014: 1. Topic review of outdoor physical activity play 2. Topic review of play occupations and primary school-aged children 3. Working with deaf community 4. Assisted dogs and occupation 5. CARL project surveying accessible leisure facilities in Munster area
2012-2013- 1. A Shift from Offline to Online: Adolescence the Internet and Social Participation: 2. The nature of children’s play occupations in the farm environment 3. Daily occupations of children with DCD aged 7-9: exploring the impact of DCD on daily occupations 4. The Effect of Hospitalisation on Children’s Playfulness
2011-2012: 1. Family routines and home programmes: a parents perspective 2. Exploring the social inclusion of children with special educational needs within mainstream primary school setting 3. How a child with Down Syndrome under two-years play 4. An investigation into the occupational effects of internet use among students in an Irish university
2010-2011: 1. Clinical reasoning in action: exploring the use of clinical reasoning during sensory integration intervention 2. Exploring experiences of being gifted: primary school-aged children's perspectives 3. On the straight and narrow: experiences of people successfully managing weight-loss
2009-2010: 1. Leisure participation and impact of the leaving certificate 2. Parental considerations in decisions to consent a healthy child to non-invasive research 3. Exploring the clinical utility of a structured Clinical Observation tool to assess for SI dysfunction in children: perspectives from occupational therapists 4. An exploration of typical school-aged children's decision to participate in Occupational Therapy research
2008-2009: 1. School based Occupational Therapy : looking at teachers experiences and perceptions of working with Occupational Therapy programmes 2. The play spaces and maternal management of toddlers in the home 3. The sensory/touch experiences between carers and babies related to self care tasks 4. The meaning of computer games as play activities for children between 8 and 12 years
2007-2008: 1. The meaning of swimming to male school aged children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). 2. Observations of how children with sensory processing difficulties and autism, aged between 5 and 10 engage in social play in a school environment 3. Mothers percpetions of the environment in relation to their child's putdoor free play in Ireland.
2006-2007 1.- Home programmes: the use and effectiveness of `home programmes' in paediatric Occupational Therapy 4. Teachers attitudes towards integration of children with special needs in primary school- implications for working with occupational therapists and collaborative practice 5. Competitive sports in schools - the effects on mental health and well-being in primary schoolaged children 6. Children's occupations: how have play expereinces changed- a generational perspective

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2017Karen Lennon University College Cork
2017Nita Desai University College Cork
2016Alice Moore University College CorkMScMSc in Research. Thesis Title: To explore and understand children's conceptualisations of play and well-being in contemporary Ireland
2014Wendy Bates University College CorkMScMSc in evidence-based therapy practice. "Occupational Therapy for children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a survey of the current practices of therapists working in the Republic of Ireland."
2013Erin Riley University College CorkMScInvestigating the meaning of sleep rituals and routines in young children: a qualitative study focusing on young Irish children
2011Anne-Marie McCarthy University College CorkMScMSc in advanced healthcare practice. "Examining the effectiveness of developmental handling techniques on physiological and behavioural variables in preterm infants during care episodes."
2010Ailish Mangan University College CorkMScMSc in advanced healthcare practice. "Exploring client-centered practice - what do physiotherapists think."

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Buhagiar Nathalie Doctoral Degree
O Connor Deirdre Mary Masters Degree by Research
Coughlan Maeve Julia Masters Degree by Research
Cassidy Caoileann Masters Degree by Research
Hynes Patrick Joseph Doctoral Degree
Sheehan Liath Rosarie Doctoral Degree
Daly Gina Marcella Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2020Independent Project in Occupational Studies OT3008Independent Project in Occupational Studies
2020Research-Based Project OT4004Research-Based Project
2020Independent Project in Occupational Studies OT4007Independent Project in Occupational Studies

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
TUET: Toys and Games Usability Evaluation Tool Ludi COST Action; Aiju;SPAIN
COST Action Ludi Working Group 3: Environments for Play for children with disabilitiesITALY

Contact details

  • Helen Lynch
    Graduate Studies & Research Co-ordinator and Yr 4 Co-ordinator
  • h.lynch@ucc.ie
  • Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    Ground Floor
    Brookfield Health Science Complex
    College Road, Cork.
  • +353-21-490-1535

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