Kate Cooney

MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist

Kate Cooney

Kate Cooney is a seasoned Occupational Therapist who has been specializing in pediatrics since 2002. With a rich background in both clinical and school-based settings, Kate currently serves the Middleborough Public Schools. Her passion for helping children thrive in classroom environments shines through her collaborative efforts with teachers and families, aiming to foster success in every student she encounters.


Kate is a firm believer in the power of the outdoors for children’s development. She frequently advises families to embrace more outdoor activities, emphasizing that children flourish when they have ample opportunities to play outside. Her philosophy is that nature—through its trees, frogs, puddles, rocks, sticks, and mud—acts as a natural toolkit for children to explore their abilities, foster creativity, and develop new skills in an engaging and motivating environment.

Her commitment to utilizing nature as a therapeutic tool is reflected in her work with the EXPLORE team, where she leverages the outdoors to challenge and encourage participation, tapping into its incredible potential for therapeutic intervention.


Beyond her professional life, Kate is an outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys walking, gardening, and exploring Buzzards Bay with her family. Holding a Master of Science from the prestigious Tufts University – Boston School of Occupational Therapy, she graduated in 2001 and began her career in an outpatient sensory clinic. After approximately three years, Kate transitioned to the Wolf School in Providence, RI, where she contributed to embedding Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) services into daily classroom activities for students with language-based learning differences for seven years.


Since September 2012, Kate has been an integral part of the Middleborough Public Schools, advocating for a return to nature to combat the sedentary, indoor lifestyle prevalent in society today. Her philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief that physical movement and interaction with the natural world are essential for holistic development. Through EXPLORE pediatric therapy, she aims to use nature not just as a backdrop but as a fundamental tool to support and nurture children’s growth, believing in the transformative power of simpler, enriching experiences in the natural world.


Graduated from Tufts University - Boston School of Occupational Therapy in 2001. Masters of Science.


Gardening & yard work Exploring Buzzards Bay with her family