Dawn Darby and Susan Abell had each been seeking programs for their sons with cerebral palsy and had found those innovative services hours away from Columbia. They both thought the midlands could do better. They met through support groups held by Family Connection of SC. And in March of 2008, they formed The Therapy Place as 501(c)3.
The Board of Directors was formed from the professionals, therapists and parents who came together for the initial focus groups. After 2 years of fundraising and providing therapy camps at Trinity Episcopal Church and Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, a permanent facility was found in Forest Acres and a full menu of services began being delivered to children throughout the midlands and beyond on February 7, 2010.
Our vision from the start has been to see that all children with special needs will have every opportunity to pursue their goals, realize their dreams and reach their full potential. In addition, every parent or caregiver of those children will be provided with information, resources and encouragement in order to best support his or her child.
THERAPY: We provide physical, occupational and speech therapies for children with special needs and developmental delays.
BRIDGES: a year-round therapeutic preschool program for children ages 2-5 with developmental delays. Children receive care from a team of professionals including therapists and special education teachers who work together on each child’s unique goals.
THERASUIT METHOD: 3-4 hours per day, 5 days per week for 3 weeks, provided by occupational and physical therapists certified in the TheraSuit Method
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES: We provide family fun days, parent workshops, parent support groups and so much more as wrap-around services for our families. When a child has special needs, it affects the entire family.