About Helping Hands

Gil and Quyen Arroyo

Helping Hands, Inc. (HHI) is a small, minority-owned business located in Stuart, Florida.  HHI specializes in providing Behavior Analysis to Adults and Children under 21 as well as other services to individuals with disabilities.  HHI has been providing services to individuals with disabilities in Martin and St. Lucie Counties since 2000.  Helping Hands, Inc. is highly competent and skilled in providing services in behavior analysis, supported living coaching, and mental health services.


Gil Arroyo

Mr. Arroyo, who had a family member with Down’s Syndrome saw a need for services for people with disabilities in the Treasure Coast.  He and his wife moved from Virginia in 1999 to Florida and started Helping Hands, Inc. in 2000 serving adults and children with developmental disabilities.  Helping Hands, Inc. provided behavioral services in addition to Respite Care, In-Home supports, Supported Living Coach, and Companion Services.  Helping Hands, Inc. began focusing on Behavior Analysis due to the growing need in the Treasure Coast since 2016.  Mr. Arroyo is the administrator and oversees the financial and daily functions of Helping Hands, Inc.


Quyen (Quynn) Arroyo

Mrs. Arroyo is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1998 and moved with her husband to Florida in 1999.  She joined her husband at Helping Hands, Inc. in 2003 after providing two years of mental health counseling to children with severe emotional problems.  She has been providing Behavior Analysis with more than 15 years of experience to individuals with developmental disabilities including Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.  She also has experience in treating children with other mental health problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, and Mood Disorder.  Mrs. Arroyo is also a Florida Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Interns who are seeking licensure.





Joan Eberhart

Ms. Eberhart graduated with her Bachelor’s in 1986 from the University of Florida and her Master’s in Exceptional Student Education from Florida Atlantic University in 2003. Ms. Eberhart is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2005 with extensive experience with people with developmental disabilities.  She began working as a teacher with the St. Lucie School System with students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities from 2002 to 2006.  After becoming board certified in 2005, she began practicing Behavior Analysis with individuals with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Cerebral Palsy, specializing in behavior analytical and group home services.  In 2011, she started working with Helping Hands, Inc. as a contractor providing Behavior Analysis for children and adults in their homes, group homes, and day programs. 

Ms. Eberhart provides supervision for those seeking certification as a BCaBa or BCBA as well as the Registered Behavior Technician’s certification and those who are currently certified. 


















Stacey Vargas

Stacey Vargas is a board certified assistant behavior analyst with 15 years of experience providing behavior services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and comorbid mental health diagnosis. Mrs. Vargas earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and is currently in the Master’s of Clinical Psychology program at Capella University.

Mrs. Vargas’ experience and expertise include assessment, programming, and treatment for those in school, group home, and family home settings. Mrs. Vargas has provided supervision as a house analyst for APD licensed behavior focus and intensive behavior focus group homes, providing intervention oversight and training to staff. Mrs. Vargas has experience in private and public schools providing a variety of supports from contracted behavioral support, classroom teacher, and ESE Specialist.

Mrs. Vargas has developed individualized and system wide behavioral interventions for schools and behavioral focused group homes. Mrs. Vargas has also provided behavior trainings for group home staff, teachers, school support aides, and support professionals. These trainings include basic and customized formal training in behavior modification strategies.

Mrs. Vargas provides supervision for those seeking the Registered Behavior Technician’s certification and those who are currently certified.