Family Resources

A place to start for families with children with special needs:

Please contact us and let us know if you have a site or program that could benefit the rest of our community and children and we will gladly add it here.

Intensive Therapy Programs currently offered at The Therapy Place:

Bridges at The Therapy Place

TheraSuit® Method

Special thank you to the following providers for donating therapy equipment and supplies to The Therapy Place!

ARK Therapeutic: Feeding and oral motor therapy tools

Rifton Equipment: Makers of adaptive equipment for people with disabilities.

Alternative Education Centers:

Autism Academy of SC

The Barclay School

HELP/UNDERSTANDING TO FILL OUT A TEFRA APPLICATION:  (Medicaid for children with disabilities)

Area Support and Resources:

Able South Carolina: Able SC offers a variety of services and programs that empower people with disabilities to reach their independence.

Autism Institute of SC: Providing Autism Interventions and Services

Babynet: SC’s Zero to Three Early Early Intervention Services

Cerebral Palsy Group: Provides helpful cerebral palsy resources

Discovery Therapies, Inc.: Discovery offers a variety of services including Educational Therapy, Diagnostic Evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, and Partnerships with Private Schools.

Hands on Health

Medicaid/TEFRA (SC Department of Health & Human Services): 
Get Application for Medicaid for Children with Special Needs (not based on parent income, but rather the child’s diagnosis and special needs)

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. – an organization who is helping families fight against the Medicaid cap for therapies and other issues of concern.

SC Council for Exceptional Children

SC Department of Disabilities & Special Needs (DDSN)

SC Department of Education – Preschool Special Education Services
Ensuring a Free and Appropriate Public Education

SC Department of Health and Environment, Children with Special Health Care Needs (DHEC, CSHCN)

Team Therapy – Columbia pediatric therapy center offering family-centered, team approach to pediatric therapy services

Vision Therapy Institute  – Offers preventative eye care and takes Medicaid

Emotional Support and Advocacy:

Family Connection of SC: Parent-to-parent support; support groups

Federation of Families of SC: Family Support Networks

Jill Smith + Associates: Counseling, Coaching and Consulting

Kinship Care Resources: Sisters of Charity has put together some resources for grandparents and other relatives who assist in the care of children with special needs

Outspoken: Clinical and Counseling services

PRO Parents: Parents Reaching Out to Parents- information & training

SC Autism Society: referral, service coordination & conferences

SC Respite Coalition: The SC Respite Coalition is the only entity in the state committed to addressing the needs for respite across the lifespan for all persons caring for a child or adult who has special needs

The Arc of South Carolina: Supports full inclusion and participation in the community


Camp Burnt Gin – Summer Camps

Challenge Adventures: Outdoor Experiences for children with special needs

DreamRiders: Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Lexington, SC

SC Developmental Disabilities Council – for summer programs

SC United YMCA Strikers: Soccer for children with Special Needs


Pediatric Mobility Innovations – local equipment provider specializing in children

Pocket Full of Therapy

Sammons Preston: National catalog for Rehab Equipment & Supplies

SleepSafe Bed – As appeared in Extreme Home Makeover in March of 2008

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program