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Name Cremin, Katie
Main Department Occupational Therapy
College Title Assistant Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3813
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland (Council Member)
Awards and Honours
Award Date
National Disability Authority: An exploration of the participation of children with fine motor difficulties and the impact of occupational therapy intervention. . November 2006 – November 2007
National Development Plan: The use of digital video resources in occupational therapy education. Teaching and dev elopement grant. June 2003 – June 2004
Norah Ferris Post-Graduate Research award 2001
Description of Research Interests
Children - activity and participation Autistic Spectrum Disorder Sensory Processing in Children Play
Research Interests
Child centred research questions, study design, data analysis Childhood and mental health Children, health and disability Health informatics
Occupational therapy Promotion of child centred research
Research Projects
Project title The Transition from Primary to Post Primary School for students in mainstream education with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Ireland
Summary This study proposes to explore the transition from primary to the end of the 1st year in post primary education for students with ASD attending mainstream schools in Ireland. The study aims to focus on the student’s experience. It will also append these accounts with views and experiences from other key stakeholders in the students education i.e. parents, educators and relevant health professionals, and examine contexts and social constructs which influence the transition experience. Objectives are as follows: • To describe the experience of the transition into post primary education up to the end of the 1st year from the perspective of the student with ASD. o What are their concerns and perceptions for post primary school? o What are the perceived barriers and enablers to the transition? o What are the perceived barriers and enablers to participation in 1st year? • To investigate the factors which influence the transition and its outcome from the perspective of key stake holders in the students’ education, i.e. parents, educators and health professionals.
Funding Agency
Programme Structured PhD in Child and Youth Research, Children's Research Centre, TCD
Type of Project PhD
Date from October 2011
Date to June 2015
Person Months

Project title Normative temporal balance tests in Irish children aged 4 -15
Summary Balance is essential for locomotion and function. The ability to sustain single leg stance and tandem stance is often used to determine the balance abilities of children especially following injury. The aim of this study was to assess the normative range of balance abilities in typically developing children to provide a reference source for clinicians. A cross sectional battery of standardised balance tests were conducted on school going children in 11 schools across the Republic of Ireland. 534 children (4 -15yrs) were tested on six balance test and the standing broad jump. The results allow clinicians to reference IRQ for six commonly used balance test across different age groups (4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12+ yr). The results confirm the improvement in balance performance as children age especially after the 7-8th years. Girls tend to perform better than boys for balance test but perform less at the SBJ. This study provides appropriative normative scores for different age group. This removes the guesswork from performance assessment where factors such as height or weight may be used to predict ability.
Funding Agency
Type of Project
Date from June 2010
Date to December 2011
Person Months

Project title A Pilot Randomized Control Trial of the effectiveness of "The Alert Programme" for children with Regulation difficulties attending a child and adolescent mental health service
Summary The overall aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alert Programme with a group of children between 8-12 presenting with difficulties with self regulation and attention, through a battery of standardised pre and post group measures, Goal attainment scaling, parental interviews and a comparison control group.
Funding Agency
Programme Lucena Clinic
Type of Project
Date from March 2010
Date to March 2011
Person Months 12

Project title An exploration of the participation of children with fine motor difficulties and the impact of occupational therapy intervention
Summary This pre - post intervention study examined the impact of occupational therapy intervention on the fine motor and visual motor skills of children attending an early intervention service using the Miller Function and Participation Scales (M-FUN). It also explored the relationship between these skills and the perception of teachers and parents of the children’s classroom and home participation. Eighteen children between the ages of 2 years 11 months and 6 years 11 months completed pre intervention assessments, six weekly sessions of occupational therapy intervention and home program followed by a post intervention assessment. Results indicated limited relationships between performance skills and perceived participation. A statistically significant change was found in the fine motor component of the M-FUN following intervention. The study recommends further research into the relationship between early intervention at a skill level and children’s participation in the contexts of everyday life.
Funding Agency NDA
Type of Project Research
Date from November 2006
Date to November 2007
Person Months 12

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Cremin K Quinn S, Self-advocacy: A programme facilitated by students from the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, Trinity College Dublin with women in prison, Higher Education and Civic Engagement Partnerships: Create, Challenge, Change, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland. The Campus Engage International Conference 2009, Croke Park, June 4th-5th 2009, 2009
Cremin, K; Spirtos, M., An exploration of the participation of children with fine motor difficulties and the impact of occupational therapy intervention, Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Annual Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland, 12-18th April 2008, 2008, pp18 - 18
Spirtos, M.; Cremin, K., The Miller function and participation scales, M-FUN-PS: A critical Appraisal, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 36, (2), 2008, p24 - 27
Spirtos, M.; Glennane, R.; Cremin, K., The effects of Occupational Therapy services on fine motor skills and functional performance in early education, National Disability Authority; Evidence based practice in Early Intervention for children with disabilities aged 0-6 years, University College Dublin, 14th November 2007, 2007
Cremin K., Hederman L., An Investigation into the need for and design of an Information Technology Support System for Occupational Therapy in a child and adolescent mental health clinic, Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 32, (1), 2002, p18 - 25
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