Do you have a child with special needs? If so, we have created this unique resource for parents of children with special needs in the Spartanburg area. This guide has the resources you need to find support nearby to help your child live life fully.
Whether you are looking for a community of support, early interventionists, or fully accessible playgrounds in Spartanburg, this is the resource you need to make your life easier. If you know of a resource that will help other parents, please let us know so we can add it to this guide.
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Note: Due to COVID-19, some resources or services may be temporarily unavailable. We recommend calling venues or services to learn more.
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The Spartanburg Project Hope campus offers ABA therapy and autism-specific classrooms. It also offers training and ancillary services for clients.
Also referred to as Hope Reach.
Located in Spartanburg, this school serves students ages 3-21 with a vision or hearing disability and at least one other mental or physical disability.
A safe, family dining experience to connect with others and become part of a community. They offer resources and host events for those with special needs. Due to COVID-19, Thyme and Play’s events are temporarily suspended.
South Carolina resource database to help individuals find assistance. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 2-1-1.
ChanceLight Autism Services provides behavioral treatment services for children ages 20 months to 21 years. Services are available in home, at schools and through EAP clinics.
The Meyer Center offers and an early education program for preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities. The program includes occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy, as well as academic and developmental programming. Admission requires evaluation by an admission team to determine if the child qualifies for these services
Organized baseball and a field (Miracle Park) designed for children with mental and physical challenges.
Family Connection supports families of children with special needs. Programs and services provide parents with support and guidance in locating helpful services for their children, as well as parent-to-parent mentoring.
A website with a wealth of resources for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, disorders, and differences.
A Spartanburg organization working to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs. Offers early intervention program called Can Do Kids.
Dance Without Limits serves dance students ages 18 months and up, including adults and students with disabilities. The staff has extensive experience with students of all abilities. They offer a class specifically for students with different abilities called Limitless Friends. Dance Without Limits is also an inclusive dance studio, encouraging dancers of all abilities to participate in any of their dance classes.
HALTER (Healing And Learning Through Equine Relationships) is a Therapeutic Horseback Riding program for children with disabilities in the Spartanburg area.
Help Me Grow is a free resource for parents with children age 5 and under. They provide free developmental assessments and then help connecting families with the necessary resources, therapy and information.
Chuck E Cheese opens 2 hours early on the first Sunday of each month for a sensory-friendly time. In addition to the regular food menu and games, families will be treated to a quieter environment with less lights.
*According to their website, the Greenville location participates, but the Spartanburg restaurant is not listed as a participant. Due to COVID-19, Sensory Sensitive Sundays are temporarily suspended.
A school for students with who are deaf or blind located in Spartanburg. Also offers outreach programs.
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
The state agency that oversees and funds services for those with disabilities and special needs.
A sensory approach to swimming that teaches children with special needs to swim. Additionally, the instructor provides aquatic therapy. Based in Spartanburg
CESA’s TOP Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a soccer program designed for youth with disabilities. Accommodations are made to include any boy or girl with a physical or mental disability such that he or she can experience learning and playing soccer.
Offers early intervention services to children with disabilities and special needs in Spartanburg County.
A special Easter event for those in the Spartanburg community with mental and/or physical disabilities.
2021 Date is TBA.
Located in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library on Garners Ferry Road, families can borrow materials covering a variety of disability-related topics. Materials are available to any resident of the United States, with materials available for in-person lending or via mail.
Advanced Therapy Solutions Pediatrics
Multiple Locations, Upstate, SC
Advanced Therapy Solutions Pediatrics has two Greenville locations and three Spartanburg locations. They provide a wide variety of services to children with special needs and developmental delays including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. Therapists at ATS can use specialty programs that can help auditory processing, feeding difficulties and more. These include the Interactive Metronome (IM), Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding.
Westside 8811 Warren Abernathy Hwy, Spartanburg
Eastside 660 Cummings Street, Spartanburg
Spartanburg Pediatrics 2400 Winchester Place, Suite 102B, Spartanburg
Mountainside 28 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Greenville
Seaside 10 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Greenville
NCG Cinema offers sensory-friendly movie viewings. These movie viewings do not include previews, sounds are not as loud, and lights are not as dim.
Offers pediatric services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and aquatic therapy
The Children's Museum of the Upstate
Both TCMU- Greenville and TCMU – Spartanburg offers special sensory friendly times at the museum. Bright lights are dimmed, exhibit sounds limited, and there will be special quiet areas established on each floor. Also during this time the museum will offer special sensory-friendly programming in their Spark Lab, Off the Wall space (art) and more.
Providing support and advocacy for families in the Carolinas to meet the needs of individuals with autism and their families
Baby Net is South Carolina’s system for children under 3 years old with developmental delays. Parents, friends, doctors, teachers, and caregivers can all refer a child to Baby Net. Once referred children will be evaluated to see if their delays qualify for services. The evaluation and services are free to all families and funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and managed through South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Thrive Upstate offers many services for people with disabilities in the Upstate. These services include early intervention for children, but also pre-vocational and vocational training, residential housing, and more. In KidVentures, the early intervention program, an early interventionist works with parents and children on the child’s developmental goals, as well as coordinating necessary services and therapy. Email [email protected] for more information.
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Pediatric Rehabilitation offers occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy.
Child Find Screenings are held by individual Spartanburg School Districts for students who may need special education and related services. These screenings are used to evaluate children to make recommendations.
Offering case management and special instruction for families who qualify. Email [email protected] for more information.
A resource for families who have children with autism working to improve life for those with autism.
Special Instruction FYI: Index Online Resources
University of South Carolina School of Medicine giant online resource guide searchable by topic
The Center for Developmental Services houses many partner services for children with special needs in one location. They offer a wide range of therapy for developmental delays, speech, hearing, behavioral and more, including family programs and educational programs. The Center for Developmental Services also connects families with the services suitable for their needs.
This parent- and volunteer-run organization serves over 300 families in the Upstate. They support new and expectant parents of children with Down Syndrome, advocate and educate for inclusion in the community, and provide services and online resources to assist families.
Offers pediatric therapy services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy.
There are a few playgrounds in the Spartanburg area that have features designed specifically for kids with mobility difficulties. Accessible and inclusive playgrounds give children of all abilities access to playgrounds and other recreational activities. These playgrounds and play areas have accessible elements such as poured-rubber ground cover, flat paths, zero-depth entrances, ramps and full-support swings.
3605 Brushy Creek Road, Greer, SC
*Century Park is closed for a complete renovation, which includes an accessible playground.
Your children will feel like they are in a huge tree house in the woods at Kids Planet at Century Park. There is an enclosed accessible playground, enclosed preschool playground, and enclosed big playground.
- Paved walking trail, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds, frisbee golf
- Wood playgrounds in shade and sun
- Free parking lot
Read our review on Kidding Around Greenville of Century Park.
North Spartanburg Park
1160 Old Furnace Road, Boiling Springs, SC
Miracle Park, a portion of North Spartanburg Park, is a fully accessible playground that features a soft-surface, packed mulch playground, ramps to accessible play features, and a rubberized wheelchair-accessible baseball field.
- Playground with lots of ramps
- Walking trail, BMX track, baskeball field
- Paved Parking
Home to the Greenville County Parks & Rec office, you will find the Boundless Playgrounds, a fully-accessible, sunny playground beside a preschool playground and lots of swings at the entrance off Old Spartanburg. If you go in the Scottswood entrance, you’ll find an enclosed, sunny playground with swings, sandbox, and a grassy space. With a dog park, tennis courts, paved trail and even an ice rink and bounce house inside, you will find something for everyone to love.
- Bounce house, ice rink, paved trail, dog park, tennis courts, grassy space
- Two Playgrounds: One fully-accessible with preschool area and one enclosed playground, both in the sun
- Free parking lot
Read our review on Kidding Around Greenville of the Pavilion.
141 N. Cleveland Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC
Cleveland Park has a fully accessible playground with full-support swings, rubberized ground cover, paved sidewalks and zero-entry access to both the playground and several play structures.
- Unique play structure
- Walking Trail with creek and pond
- Free Parking
Read our full review of Cleveland Park.
Is there a great resource for families that we missed? Let us know in the comments!