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Occupational, physical, speech and language therapies, behavioral and developmental services, and mental health.

Individual and group therapies at Abilities United specialize in providing high quality therapy services and support to children and their families.

The Abilities United staff is a transdisciplinary team of experienced therapists and early intervention developmental specialists who provide services based in best practice for language, cognition, social development, motor, sensory, and feeding.

All staff members have extensive experience and knowledge regarding resources and interventions for children in our communities. Therapists create individualized services to nurture the relationships vital to your child’s lifelong development and to meet the needs of your child and family.

Our licensed therapists and specialists, who are English and Spanish speaking, offer:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Child behavioral consultations
  • Social skills group
  • Assessments and evaluations
  • Mental health referrals
  • Consultations
  • Observations
  • Family-centered and collaborative approach


Who
Children up to 16 years old who need support in:

  • Sensory processing/integration
  • Autism spectrum discorder (ASD)
  • Attention and focus
  • Building positive social interactions
  • Speech and language
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Behavior

When
By appointment

Where
In your home, school setting, or at Abilities United

Abilities United
3864 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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 involves activities to facilitate and promote speech and language development.

Areas of expertise:

  • Articulation
  • Apraxia
  • Language and communication disorders
  • Social pragmatic language disorders
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Stuttering
  • Feeding and swallowing development

Behavioral and developmental services address challenges a child and/or family face as the child grows.

Areas of expertise:

  • Behavioral support
  • Parent coaching
  • Sleep consultations
  • Potty training
  • Preschool and site observations
  • Infant massage

Social Skills Groups consist of small group settings for children who exhibit challenges in social situations, have a challenging time communicating with peers and expressing emotions, and experience social and/or developmental delays.

Your child will develop confidence in:

  • Turn taking
  • Initiating and joining play
  • Building confidence with peers
  • Emotional regulation
  • Problem-solving and negotiation

Meet the Staff

Lupe Arizaga
Occupational Therapist

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
Speech-Language Pathologist

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
Coordinator

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
Occupational Therapist

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.

For more information contact (650)494-0550 or submit a request.