Meet our Early Intervention Staff

Karen Larson, Director of Early Intervention
fax: 877-233-9288

K. Larson

Karen started working with Easterseals South Carolina since 2007. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Intervention.  While working with Easterseals South Carolina she held multiple positions including Director of Autism.

Karen actively assisted the founding agency, Easterseals South Carolina, in developing Autism Services of South Carolina.  Early Intervention and Autism Services go hand-in-hand with each other on improving long-term client and family outcomes.

Karen completed her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and her graduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She has always been a firm believer in the concept of early intervention because research proves that the earlier supports are in place the better the outcomes are for both caregivers and their children. Karen’s graduate research and thesis were conducted on parental needs in the NICU.  This research study was a turning point in her experience in the field of Early Intervention.  Since that experience, her focus is now even more specific on striving to support and empower families by using the approach of family-driven services.  This concept will continue to be her driving force within the Autism Services of South Carolina.

Karen is married and a mother of two teenagers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, attending sporting events, and boating.


Stacy Scruggs- Assistant Director Fax: 1-888-467-2185

S. Scruggs

Stacy Scruggs has been with Easterseals South Carolina since 2004 and has over 20 years experience in working with adults and children with special needs. Stacy earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 1994.  Shortly after graduation, she obtained a position working for the local board of Disabilities and Special Needs providing direct services in residential and day program settings and service coordination.  It was during her time here that Stacy realized she had a passion for working with individuals and families with special needs.  During her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.  She also enjoys traveling, reading and watching her children in their various sporting events.

April Johnson- Developmental Specialist

A. Johnson

April Johnson joined the Easterseals family in early 2017. She is a graduate of Winthrop University with dual degrees in sociology and psychology. She has eight years previous work experience with DDSN as an Early Interventionist before becoming a stay-at-home mom. During this time April continues her passion for working with children by volunteering with various programs at school and church. Over the past six years, she has been employed as a teacher at a local pre-school. April has always had a need to work with children and especially those who face challenges. She is very excited to re-enter the full-time workforce with Easterseals.

Lydia Carroll- Quality Assurance Administrative Assistant

L. Carroll

Lydia Carroll joined Easter Seals in the fall of 2014 as an Early Intervention Specialist.  She graduated from Converse College in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Lydia has always known that she wanted to work with children and has grown up helping with nursery and Vacation Bible school programs at her church.  Through her previous work as an ABA Line Therapist, she realized that working with children with special needs was the right job for her.  Lydia loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

Meet our Early Intervention Team

Staff of Upstate

Staff of York 1

Staff of York 2

Staff of Rich/Lex

Staff of Charleston One

Staff of Charleston Two

Staff of Charleston Three

Staff of Myrtle Beach 



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