• Occupational & Physical Therapy Department


    The occupational therapists and physical therapists provide services to students who meet eligibility criteria for special education.  Occupational therapy and physical therapy in the school setting are both considered related services, which means the services may be required to enable a student to benefit from his or her educational programming. 


    Therapy services in the school setting differ from services in medically-based clinics.  Therapists may provide consultation, direct treatment, or training of parents and school staff.  Delivery of these services may be provided in whole class, small group, or individual treatment in a variety of settings.  Consideration of a child’s performance includes skills in the classroom (including specials such as art, music, PE, or technology), stairs, playground, and cafeteria settings. 


    Occupational Therapy in the school setting could include the following:

    • Supporting classroom fine motor participation
    • Facilitating self-help skill acquisition
    • Implement sensory processing strategies as appropriate
    • Collaborate with staff regarding pre-vocational or vocational needs


    Physical Therapy in the school setting could include the following:

    • Supporting a child’s ability to navigate the school environment, which includes traveling throughout the school building or functional sitting/positioning in the classroom
    • Modifying equipment and/or the physical environment to enhance student performance
    • Promoting student access to large motor activities at school, including the playground
    • Educating staff about medical precautions that could affect a child’s ability to physically participate in school


    If you have further questions about therapy services in the school setting, contact your child’s teacher of record, or your school’s therapist:
    OT Name & Building(s)
    • Sherry Miller, OT - Hinkle Creek El, White River El, Our Lady Of Grace, Emmanuel Methodist
    • Debbie Sullivan, OT - Hamilton Heights Primary, Elementary, Middle and HS, Sheridan ES, MS and HS
    • Julie Thompson, COTA - Hazel Dell El, Promise Road El, Hinkle Creek EL, Stony Creek EL, White River El, Nobles Crossing, Headstart
    • Gretchen Thurber, OT - Noble Crossing El, Hazel Dell El, Headstart     
    • Jill Esterle, OT - Stony Creek El Promise Rd. El,         
    • Heather Dierckman - Noblesville HS, Noblesville East MS, Noblesville West MS, North El, Lapel El, Lapel MS, Lapel HS
    • Laci Cripe - Frankton ES, Frankton Jr/Sr, HS, All Pendleton Schools                                                       
    PT Name & District(s)

    • Carrie Cooley, PT, MPT - Hinkle Creek El, North El, White River El, Noblesville East & West MS, Noblesville HS
    • Debbie Hunley, MSPT, PCS - Hazel Dell El, Noble Crossing El, Promise Rd El, Stony Creek El, Hamilton Heights HS, Hamilton Heights Primary El, Lapel El, Lapel Middle School, Lapel HS, ECAT, St. Joseph School for the deaf
    • Theresa Fadale - Hamilton Heights Primary School, Hamilton Heights EL, Hamilton Heights MS, Frankton El, Frankton Jr/Sr HS, Lapel HS, all Sheridan Schools, South Madison Schools