The Ultimate Special Needs Guide for Families in Greenville and Spartanburg

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Do you have a child with special needs in Greenville, SC? The Upstate area is full of wonderful places and things to do for children and families with special needs. At Kidding Around Greenville we assembled this list to make finding those amazing places just a tiny bit easier. We made sure it was packed full of resources, classes, therapy options and super fun places to play and explore.

Special needs resources in Greenville, SC

Disclaimer: This list is intended for informational purposes and none of the contents should be considered a specific recommendation or endorsement from Kidding Around or its staff. All advertisements are marked “sponsored.”

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Also, don’t miss this list of Exceptional Needs Resources with even more resources for families with children who have exceptional needs.

Easily navigate this list of Special Needs Services near Greenville by clicking on these categories:

Behaviors A Go-Go

SPONSORED 864.757.9918 511 West Butler Road, Greenville, SC

BehaviorsAGoGo

We provide ST, OT, PT and ABA services for children and adolescents from 18 months to 21 years of age who have a wide variety of developmental delay(s) and established risk conditions/diagnoses. We offer a clinic-based approach with access to outdoor play areas in Greenville with ST, OT, PT and ABA under one roof.

We also offer ABA and OT services in homes, child care, and school settings in counties surrounding Greenville. We work collaboratively with families and caregivers, early interventionists, case managers, psychologists, physicians, allied health professionals, teachers, administrators and other community service providers.

Please see our website for more information and we welcome phone calls and email inquiries in both English and Spanish.

Hope Academy

864.676.0028 Multiple Locations, Landrum, Woodruff, Spartanburg, SC

An educational academy offered through Project HOPE Foundation, the school offers education for children on the autism spectrum, preschool through high school. ABA therapy services are provided, with classes Monday through Friday.

Hope Academy at Project HOPE Foundation, Inc. is amazing. Patient and kind teachers who are interested in helping children learn on their level. I’m so thankful I found this school for my boys.

Help Me Grow South Carolina

855.476.9211 State Wide, SC

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.

LD Online

Nation Wide, SC

A website with a wealth of resources for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, disorders, and differences. The website offers resources for learning disabilities and ADHD.

Thyme and Play

864.360.3920 Greenville, SC

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.

ImmUnity Play Circle

, SC

Through Evely’s Eyes is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with children facing rare medical conditions. Their mission is to provide comfort, guidance, and practical assistance to these families as they navigate their unique journeys.

The ImmUnity Play Circle program offers safe and inclusive playdates for families with immune-compromised children.

Upstate Carolina Adaptive Golf

864.448.4997 25 Louise Avenue, Greenville, SC

Upstate Carolina Adaptive Golf offers adaptive golf therapy for individuals with special needs.

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

888.376.9600 State Wide, SC

The state agency that oversees and funds services for those with disabilities and special needs.

Brain Balance Center of Greenville

843.258.9236 2531 Woodruff Road, Suite 113, Simpsonville, SC

Designed for children aged 3.5 through 19, Brain Balance works with students who may have ADHD, Asperger’s, processing challenges, trouble making friends, and/or a learning disability like dyslexia. Brain Balance identifies academic, social, and/or behavioral, then sets a plan to help address specific needs.

South Carolina Autism Society

803.750.6988 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC

A resource for families who have children with autism spectrum disorder working to improve their lives.

Camperdown Academy

864.244.8899 65 Verdae Commons Drive, Greenville, SC

Camperdown Academy is a special education school located in Greenville that offers education and support for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in grades 1-8.

Whispering Pines Farm

864.360.3222 681 Campbell Bridge Road, Seneca, SC

Whispering Pines offers classes for small ruminant care. They also use their sheep for therapy for children with special needs.

BlueSprig Autism

10 Arborland Way, Greenville, SC

BlueSprig Autism provides applied behavior analysis (ABA), behavioral services and autism therapy.

The Charles Lea Center

864.585.0322 195 Burdette Street, Spartanburg, SC

A Spartanburg organization working to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs, from newborns to seniors. Offers an early intervention program called Can Do Kids as well as day programs, work programs, employment services, and living options.

SC 2-1-1

2-1-1 State Wide, SC

SC 2-1-1 is a South Carolina resource database to help individuals find assistance. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 2-1-1.

Egg-Cessible Easter Egg Hunt

864.804.5814 North Spartanburg Park, Spartanburg, SC

A special Easter event for those in the Spartanburg community with mental and/or physical disabilities. Hunts are divided into age groups, and a Parent Buddy is allowed for children under 6.

Child Find

864.355.3100 Greenville County, SC

Child Find is an intervention program for school-aged children needing intervention for developmental delays and special needs. Evaluations and services are provided through Greenville County Schools and individual districts within the Spartanburg County School system.

 

Sprout for Kids

Greenville, SC

Empowering families of children with special needs through hands-on coaching from behavior guidance, skill acquisition to potty training, Personalized support, creative strategies, including family and respite coaching.

Sensational Swim

864.706.8016 Multiple Locations, Spartanburg, SC

Offers swimmings lessons and classes for athletes diagnosed with developmental challenges, including Downs Syndrome and individuals on the Autism spectrum.

WNC Nature Center Offering Sensory Inclusion

828.259.8080 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC

The WNC Nature Center is certified as “sensory inclusive” and offers kits to guests with sensory issues such as autism and PTSD. The center has collaborated with KultureCity, a non-profit organization specializing in sensory challenges, and has trained the staff to accommodate those with special needs. The kits can be borrowed while at the center and consist of noise cancelling headphones, fidget tools, and cue cards.

Greenville CAN

828.808.1896 Greenville, SC

This informal organization is comprised of self advocates, service providers, families, and community stakeholders working to make the community better a place to live for people with disabilities. You’ll find resources on everything from housing and employment to recreation.

Thrive Upstate

864.679.0220 Greenville, SC

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.

Family Connection of SC

800.578.8750 1800 St. Julian Pl Suite 104, Columbia, SC

Family Connection of SC 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.

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 also use specialty programs that can help with auditory processing, feeding difficulties, and more. These include the Interactive Metronome (IM), Integrated Listening Systems (ILS), and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding.

Mountainside 28 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Greenville
864.679.8606
Seaside 10 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Greenville
864.520.8910
Westside 8811 Warren Abernathy Hwy, Spartanburg
864.574.7282
Willow Lane 100 Willow Lane, Spartanburg
864.641.3125
OSOS Physical Therapy 660 Cummings Street, Spartanburg
864.208.8070
Spartanburg Pediatrics 2400 Winchester Place, Suite 102B, Spartanburg
864.576.7188

Sensory Suites at Bon Secours Wellness Arena

864.241.3800 650 North Academy Street , Greenville, SC

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena has an enclosed Sensory Suite that blocks out the noise of a typical arena show that might cause difficulty for sensitive individuals. The suite has soft seating, low lights, and a quiet space with sensory accessories.  Tickets can be purchased in the sensory suite for selected shows. This is located in section 105.

Additionally, the arena offers a Sensory Kit that is free and available at all arena events. The kit includes noise-reducing earmuffs, antiglare glasses, a sensory fidgit toy, sanitizing wipes, and more.

 

Center for Disability Resources Library

803.216.3206 School of Medicine Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Located in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library, families can borrow materials covering a variety of disability-related topics. Materials are available to any resident of the United States, with lending in-person or via mail.

Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

864.297.4250 253 Congaree Road, Greenville, SC

Chuck E. Cheese opens two hours early on the first Sunday of the month for Sensory Sensitive Sundays. During these events, lighting and noise will be reduced, while the usual food and games are available.

Trailhead Community Farm School

975 Foot Hills Road, Greenville, SC

Offers year-round academic and therapeutic services to neurodivergent middle school students in Upstate, South Carolina.
Students will participate in activities in an outdoor farm setting.
Currently offering enrollment for 5th – 8th grade, with a plan for high school services in the coming years.

 

Einstein Academy

864.269.8999 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC

Einstein Academy is a non-profit private school for 1st-8th graders who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Autism and/or similar challenges.

Greenville Learning Collective, LLC

Greer, Greenville, SC

We are a private practice providing speech therapy services, developmental/autism evaluations, and testing for ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.

Kidnetics

864.331.1350 Multiple Locations, Greenville / Spartanburg, SC

Kidnetics is a department of the Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. They offer a wide range of therapeutic services to children, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy.

 

A to Z Speech Therapy

864.659.0604 1547 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC

A to Z Speech Therapy welcomes children, teens, and adults that need help with communication.  Their team has experts for articulation, language development, stuttering, social skill development, and more. A to Z has extensive experience working with children with Autism and Down syndrome. Therapy is offered in English or Spanish.

Center for Developmental Services

864.331.1300 29 North Academy Street, Greenville, SC

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.

Bright Start

864.627.5097 6 Pelham Ridge Drive, Greenville, SC

Offers early intervention, case management, and speech therapy services to individuals with disabilities and special needs in the Upstate.

Special Instruction FYI: Index Online Resources

State Wide / World Wide , SC

University of South Carolina School of Medicine giant online resource guide searchable by topic. This database offers links and explores topics for early childhood screenings, assistance services, and various resource solutions.

ABLE Kids

864.900.6678 18 Memorial Medical Drive, Greenville, SC

ABLE Kids offers a full-day immersive program for children between the ages of 2 -6 who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder level 2 -3 and who require 35 or more hours of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. In addition to ABA therapies, ABLE Kids also provides occupational and speech therapies.

Down Syndrome Association of the Upstate

88 Villa Road, Greenville, SC

This parent- and volunteer-run organization serves over 300 families in Greenville. 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.

John I. Smith Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders

864.232.1673 817 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC

Through the RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program, the John I. Smith Scottish Rite Center in Greenville offers free speech therapy to children up to age 6 who have speech and language delays. Children will be evaluated to determine if services are needed and placed on a waiting list if there is no room available.

Carolina Miracle League

864.641.7739 828 East Main Street #828B, Spartanburg, SC

Organized baseball designed for children with mental and physical challenges. A specially equipped field called “Miracle Park” is utilized to maximize the experience for those involved, including wheelchair accommodations and walking assistance devices.

Greenville Student Advocate

Greenville, SC

Guidance and support to parents of students who are struggling — helping to navigate the school referral process and get the most effective educational help for students

Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center

864.898.0043 4700 Dacusville Highway, Marietta, SC

Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center is located at Eden Farms. They offer horse-centered programs for special needs children and adults. Programs include riding and caring for horses while developing physical, social, and emotional skills.

BabyNet

864.263.3704 1011 Grove Road, Suite A2, Greenville, SC

BabyNet 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 BabyNet. 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 the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

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Pediatrics Unlimited

864.627.0009 Multiple Locations, Greenville / Spartanburg, SC

Offers pediatric services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and aquatic therapy. Pediatrics Unlimited has locations in Greenville and Spartanburg.

Dance Without Limits

864.477.6672 115 Pelham Road, Unit 24, Greenville, SC

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.

BlueSprig Pediatrics

Greenville, SC

BlueSprig Greenville exists to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder reach full potential through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment strategies. We work to increase communication, independence, and life skills.

Carolina Dance Collaborative

864.315.3732 Multiple Locations, Upstate, SC

The Carolina Dance Collaborative is a mobile dance outreach 501(c)3 organization that seeks to make dance accessible to all people regardless of location, ability, or resources. They aim to serve the whole student and provide enriching dance education opportunities beyond the classroom and into their lives. They offer the Connect Class for ages 5-11 and 12+.

Better Beginnings

864.591.3484 128 Garner Road, Spartanburg, SC

Offers pediatric therapy services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy.

South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

864.585.7711 355 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, SC

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, located in Spartanburg, offers a specialized school for children from preschool through grade 12.  The school provides vision and hearing services in communities and schools throughout South Carolina.


Accessible Playgrounds

Here are a few playgrounds in the Greenville 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. While there are only a few fully inclusive playgrounds in the Upstate, there are several playgrounds, and play areas that have accessible elements, such as poured-rubber ground cover, flat paths, zero-depth entrances, ramps and full-support swings.

Sunset Park

211 Fowler Circle, Greenville, SC

Sunset Park is a fully-accessible park featuring an enclosed, accessible playground, another playground in the woods, and even a walking trail.

  • Basketball, baseball, soccer, picnic shelters, walking trail
  • Enclosed and fully-accessible playground in the sun, shady playground
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

Read our full review of Sunset Park in Mauldin.

Century Park

3605 Brushy Creek Road, Greer, SC

Playground at Kids Planet, Century Park in Greer, SC

The newly-renovated Century Park features the fairytale-themed Benson Automotive Kids Planet. Kids Planet is located in the shade and sun and includes:

  • Two fence-enclosed age-appropriate play areas
  • Misting play area
  • Musical activity space
  • Ziplines
  • Hillside slides
  • A ground-level trampoline
  • Special needs child/parent swing
  • Sno Hut Shaved Ice concession stand

Century Park also offers:

  • Paved walking trail, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds, frisbee golf
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

 

Simpsonville City Park [CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2024]

198 Park Drive, Simpsonville, SC

Simpsonville City Park

This park is undergoing extensive renovations and is closed until Fall 2024.

 

The Pavilion

400 Scottswood Road, Taylors, SC

Home to the Greenville County Parks & Rec office, you will find 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, a 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
  • Fully accessible, enclosed preschool playgrounds in the sun
  • Restrooms
  • Free parking lot

 

 

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Deborah Stenzel
5 years ago

Camp Spearhead, which is run the Greenville County Parks and Rec is a special needs camp for ages 8 and up. It is located off of Highway 11 in Marietta. My daughter has been going there for almost 20 years and loves it. They have summer camp where the children/adults stay the week and they do weekend events, such as bowling, movies, Furman football, hockey games, etc. in the Spring and Fall. You could contact Randy Muir or Josh Wall at Greenville Rec for more info.

4 years ago

Special Needs church ministry listings would be great. I know our church offers a special needs ministry during both Sunday services and Wednesday night. I you need more information check out our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/ChampionsClubBeechSpringsChurch/

All of our volunteers are trained in working with special needs children and background checks are completed before working with children. Many of our volunteers are educators, have a special education background or come from the medical field.

4 years ago

YOGA-2-GO, LLC, an occupational therapist owned children’s therapeutic yoga company specializing in yoga for special needs, trauma-informed yoga and sensory yoga.

YOGA-2-GO, LLC provides on-site yoga and mindfulness programs to schools, daycares and youth organizations throughout Greenville and surrounding areas.

They also offer private pediatric/adolescent
yoga therapy for ages 5-17 at their downtown Greenville location at 710 Pettigru St., inside of Cottage Counseling.

Phone: 864-300-2152
Website: http://www.missamysyoga2go.com.

Greenville ADHD Specialists provides exceptional, personalized diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, for children and adults, based on good medical evidence and the time we spend understanding our patients.

1 year ago

Spartanburg Regional Pediatric Rehab Services is located at 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303 and offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology services to children ages birth to 21 yo. Specialized services such as Pediatric Aquatics and Equine Assisted OT & PT are also available for children who qualify. To learn more, call: 864-560-5151. Or email us at the email address below. Thanks!

Eva
4 months ago

Hello! I am the Director Of Thyme and Play I was wondering if we could update our information. It is kind of outdated since covid. And we have taken a somewhat different Direction. Is it possible to change what is on here?

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1 month ago
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