Education and therapy services designed to give children the best possible start in life.
The Early Intervention services team of special educators and therapists provides structured developmental and educational opportunities for children from birth to three years who have developmental delays or are at risk of delay and their families. We stress parental support and education through parent participation to help identify your child’s and family’s needs while our team provides resources and supports to manage those needs in your child’s home, school, or community settings.
- Home visits
- Community-based groups
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Mental health services
Professionally trained educators and therapists provide an individualized plan focused on the education, development, and growth of each child.
Our highly qualified team of developmental specialists collaborate with our team of licensed therapists to address all areas of development through screenings, assessments, goal creation and tracking. The team also acts as parent and family educators.
Occupational therapy (OT) addresses fine motor, sensory integration, and feeding/oral motor difficulties.
Areas of expertise:
- Sensory processing disorders
- Sensory integration
- Fine motor development
- Feeding and/or oral motor development
- Attention and regulation
Physical therapy (PT) addresses gross motor delays, orthopedic and postural alignment, problems with balance and coordination, and sensory integration. Areas of expertise:
- Pediatric neurodevelopment treatment (NDT)
- Foot/ankle issues
- Orthotic evaluations
- Developmental, neurologic, and orthopedic issues
- Sensory integration
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language therapy involves activities to facilitate and promote speech and language development.
Areas of expertise:
- Language and communication disorders
- Social pragmatic language disorders
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- Feeding and swallowing development
The regional center will determine if your child is eligible for Early Intervention services. Eligibility for Early Intervention is based on 0-3 Federal Eligibility guidelines.
Contact your local regional center for further information regarding eligibility.
San Mateo county residents:
Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) 415-546-9222
Santa Clara county residents:
San Andreas (SARC) 408-374-9960
Once your child is determined to be eligible for services by the regional center you are referred to Early Intervention.
Meet the Staff
Lupe Arizaga provides community-based and center-based individual and small group occupational therapy to children and young adults. Her services include observations, assessments, and consultations as well as treatment plans and parent training. She completed clinical internships at a neurological rehabilitation unit, a sub-acute psychiatric unit and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Lupe led the Early Intervention Spanish-speaking parents groups at Abilities United for over 20 years. Lupe earned her B.S. in occupational therapy from San Jose State University and was honored with the 2015 San Andreas Regional Center “Service Above Self” Support Staff of the Year award.
Katy Bradford Arvey
Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist
Katy Bradford Arvey provides community-based and center-based one-on-one and small group speech therapy services to children and their families. Her services include observations, assessments, and consultations as well as treatment plans and parent training. Fluent in English and Spanish, Katy provided bilingual speech and language services to students K-8 in the Ravenswood City School District and at a dual immersion Spanish-English school. She also worked with Peninsula Associates providing private therapy services to children, as well as in the New York City Department of Education. Katy holds an M.S. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jaimie Heiman provides community-based and center-based one-on-one and small group speech therapy services to children and their families. Her services include observations, assessments, and consultations as well as treatment plans and parent training. Prior to joining Abilities United, Jaimie worked in South Bay private practice offices serving children from birth to 18 years. She has also provided services in a non-public school setting for children K-2 with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jaimie holds an M.A. from California State University, Chico. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, crafting, reading, and game night.
Kari Johnson is responsible for coordinating the administrative and service activities of the Children’s Development Services Department. Working with a multidisciplinary team of developmental specialists, therapists and educators, Kari assists in the development and coordination of new programs and services within the department along with outreach efforts. She is also responsible for maintaining and enhancing effective and efficient systems. Kari is a strong proponent of inclusive education and has an interest in music education and its benefits to early childhood development. Kari holds a B.A. in music, with emphasis on flute performance and music technology, and a professional certificate in copyediting, both from the University of California, San Diego.
Eric Keavney provides community-based and center-based individual and small group occupational therapy to children, young adults, and their families. His services include interventions, observations, assessments and evaluations, consultations, treatment plans, and parent training. Prior to joining Abilities United, Eric worked at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, providing individual and center-based early intervention, clinic-based individual and small-group therapy, social skills group sessions, and school-based occupational therapy. He has received advanced training in sensory integration intervention, including administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, the “Get Permission Approach” for feeding, and the Zones of Regulation framework for self-regulation and emotional control. Eric earned a M.S. in occupational therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills.