Who are Ellis School's related service providers?

Related service providers work in close collaboration with classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and each other to support academic achievement.

Occupational Therapy
           Bri Philipps OTR/L                                Laura McCarthy, OTR/L
       Occupational Therapist                            Occupational Therapist

The purpose of occupational therapy is to support academic achievement and social participation by promoting occupation within all school routines, including recess, classroom and cafeteria time.  They help children fulfill their role as students and prepare them for college, career, and community integration.  They utilize prevention, promotion, and intervention strategies for mental and physical health and well-being.  

Bri Phillips is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist who graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, early supports and services and outpatient clinics.  She has vast experience working with children on the autism spectrum, sensory processing disorders, anxiety disorders, global developmental delays and those with orthopedic needs.  Bri has successfully coordinated and facilitated social skills groups and camps for children with social pragmatic and sensory motor challenges, and she holds certifications in Pediatric Yoga and Therapeutic Listening.  Bri lives in Dover, NH and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.

Laura McCarthy is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who graduated from the University of New Hampshire.  Prior to working at the Ellis School, Laura worked in public schools on the Seacoast of New Hampshire for many years, as well as a private pediatric clinic in Falmouth, Maine.  In addition to working at Ellis, she also works at an outpatient pediatric family centered clinic in Dover, NH.  She has experience working with children with developmental delays, sensory processing challenges and autism spectrum disorders.  Laura lives in Dover, NH with her husband and 3 daughters.  She enjoys spending time with her family, walking, hiking, reading and sewing.

Physical Therapy

Mrs. Layne
Bethany Layne DPT
Physical Therapist

The purpose of physical therapy in the school setting is to provide support for students so that they may more fully participate in the curriculum and the school day routine. The School-based physical therapist focuses on assisting students to acquire the functional abilities necessary to access educational materials and adapt to the educational environment. Physical therapy addresses gross motor, gait and mobility, balance and postural support issues, as it relates to a student’s ability to access education.

Bethany Layne is a registered pediatric physical therapist who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has enjoyed working with children in multiple settings including public and private schools, outpatient clinics, a pediatric long term care facility and with children on horseback (hippotherapy).  She has years of experience with working with children with orthopedic needs, global developmental delays, complex medical issues and those on the autism spectrum.  Bethany has run a business as a Licensed Kindermusik Educator and continues to enjoy bringing music and movement into the lives of young children.  She has extensive experience with adaptive equipment management and has a strong interest in promoting disability awareness.  Bethany lives in Derry, NH and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.

Speech Therapy

Bryn Hazelwood MS, CCC-SLP             Elizabeth Kazan MATS, M.Ed.
Speech- Language Pathologist               Speech- Language Specialist

The purpose of speech therapy in the school is to provide speech and language evaluation and intervention to preschool, elementary, and middle school students with communication disorders  that prevent students’ access to instruction. School- based speech and language providers help improve personal, social, academic, and vocational needs that prevent students from  achieving educational goals. Speech and language providers actively engage students in goal planning, participation in intervention, monitoring of progress, and self-advocacy appropriate to each student’s age and ability level.

The 2015- 2016 school year is Ms. Hazelwood's 7th year at Ellis School.  Before Ellis School, she completed her master's degree in speech- language pathology at Boston University, worked in public schools in Massachusetts and California, and worked in pediatric clinics in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  In addition to basic articulation and language therapies, Ms. Hazelwood enjoys using Social Thinking to help students with pragmatic language disorders, PROMPT to help students with motor speech disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to help students with expressive language disorders.  At home, she enjoys crafting, reading, and snuggling with her dogs, Zeke and Eli.

The 2015 – 2016 school year marks Mrs. Kazan’s 10th year at Ellis School. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs through UNH Graduate School, she is certified through the NH Department of Education as a Speech-Language Specialist. She carries an additional endorsement as an Early Childhood Educator, Special Needs. Before working at Ellis School, she worked in public schools in Massachusetts as a Speech Therapist, co-pastored churches in Maine, Massachusetts, and Iowa with her husband, and worked in administrative positions while raising a family. Mrs. Kazan also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Basic articulation and language therapies are utilized in her work, with an emphasis on partnering with the classroom teachers to support the work done in class (vocabulary, spelling, graphic organizers, etc.) Language therapy is also enriched with examination of word roots and origins. At home, she enjoys family time, reading, and embroidery. 

Helpful Links for Parents & Caregivers:


www.speakingofspeech.com,  click on "Resource Links"