Updated by Laura Simon

This directory is sponsored by The Centers for Exceptional Children, which provides a critical combination of support services, programs and facilities dedicated to one thing: helping children and their families thrive.

Speech Therapy, Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, Terminal Illness … when your child has a special need, it can be lonely until you find a group who completely understands. We know it takes a village to raise a child, and sometimes parents need special support beyond our typical villages. That is why we created this directory of special needs resources that features local services and other supportive programs that benefit children with special needs and their families. We started this directory with the help of reader referrals and we continue to add to it and update it as often as we can.

If you know of a support program we should add to our list, please email Katie@TriadMomsOnMain.com. Just as parents rely on villages to raise children, we rely on the support and recommendations of readers to help us build a community of resources here on TMoM!

*Click on the name of any resource to visit the website.

Local Support Services and Resources

ABC of NC Child Development Center
Website: abcofnc.org
Address: 905 Friedberg Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Contact: (336) 251-1180
Info: ABC of NC Child Development Center is a non-public, not-for-profit center providing quality individualized diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services using evidence-based practices in the field of autism treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their families. ABC of NC also has free parent and professional workshops open to the general public. Find ABC of NC on Facebook.

Adaptive Educational Strategies, LLC
Website: www.facebook.com/adaptiveeducationalstrategies.com
Address: High Point, NC
Contact: Molly Meisky Rooks; 336-609-0254; mollyaes@gmail.com
Info: Adaptive Educational Strategies, LLC was founded to support all individuals to optimize life-long success and independence. Together, we will assess and use your strengths and challenges to develop an individualized plan using evidence-based practices for optimal academic, emotional, and social well-being.  I offer services in support of autism, intellectual disability (mild to severe), early intervention, dyslexia and ADHD.

Amos Cottage
Website: amoscottage.org
Address: 3325 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103<
Contact: (336) 713-7400
Info: Amos Cottage Incorporated is dedicated to supporting programs offered by health-care providers for early diagnosis and treatment strategies for families and their children who have developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders, to help them live to their fullest potential.

Angel Heart Speech and Language Therapy, Inc.
Website: angelheartslp.com
Contact: marylou.rice@angelheartslp.com
Info: Angel Heart Speech & Language Therapy Inc. serves children in their community by providing the tools they need to improve their ability to communicate with family, friends, and everyone in their community that they might meet. They specialize in pediatric services enabling children and their families to overcome their obstacles and improve their quality of life.

Angel Sharks with Carolina Spirit Athletics
Website: carolinaspiritathletics.net/about-us
Info: A cheerleading program in Winston-Salem for children with special needs. All ages welcome.

Applied Family Services
Website: appliedfamilyservices.com
Contact: (336) 464-7853
Info: We are passionate about serving children and families with developmental delays.  We have a preschool program, after schoolprogram, family/child consultative services, advocacy program, and will have a summer program.

The Arc of Greensboro
Website: www.arcg.org>
Address: 14 Oak Branch Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
Contact: (336) 373-1076
Info: The Arc of Greensboro is an organization of and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Find The Arc of Greensboro on Facebook.

The Arc of High Point
Website: arcofhp.org
Address: 153 E Bellevue Drive
High Point, NC 27265
Contact: (336) 883-0650
Info: The Arc of High Point is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play. Find them on Facebook here.

Autism Learning Partners
Website: autismlearningpartners.com
Address: 717 Green Valley Rd., Suite 200, Office 231
Greensboro, NC 27408
Contact: (336) 241-6780
Info: Autism Learning Partners is a Applied Behavioral Analysis provider offering the highest level of clinical expertise to facilitate significant and sustainable improvement for the individuals and families we serve.

Autism Society of North Carolina
Website: autismsociety-nc.org
Address: 9A Oak Branch Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
Contact: (336) 333-0197 x 1608
Info: The Autism Society of North Carolina is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and promoting opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Find Autism Society of North Carolina on Facebook.

Bambino League
Website: swathletics.org
Info: Contact for age guildelines. A part of Southwest Athletics in Clemmons, this leage offers baseball and softball for children with special needs.

BAYADA Habilitation
Website: bayada.com/services-habilitation.asp
Address: Click here to find your local office.
Contact: (336) 852-2000
Info: This specialty program serves clients in North Carolina, who have autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. We provide Innovation waiver services as well as B3 Respite. You can find them on Facebook here.

Bayada Pediatrics
Website: bayada.com/pediatrics
Address: Click here to find your local office.
Contact: (336) 670-0548
Info: Whether your child is in the hospital, already home, or just needs some help at school, look to BAYADA Pediatrics to provide home health care services that are delivered with compassion, excellence, and reliability. You can find them on Facebook here.

Burlington Recreation and Parks Special Populations Programs
Website: burlingtonnc.gov/1330/Special-Populations-Programs
Address: Thataways Youth Center
1334 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215
Contact: (336) 222-5030
Info: The Burlington Recreation and Parks department offers several programs for persons with developmental disabilities, such as dance and bingo nights. They also offer TOPSoccer, where trained volunteers teach basic teamwork and communication skills to children with special needs. You can find more information on TOPSoccer here.

Camp Kesum
Website: campkesem.org
Address: In several locations (Greensboro, Raleigh, Chapel Hill)
Info: A summer camp for children impacted by a parent’s cancer diagnosis.

Caring Hands Pediatric Therapy
Website: caringhandsws.com>
Address: 1531 Westbrook Plaza Dr, Ste. C
Winston-Salem, NC
Contact: (336) 659-1215
Info: Provides home-based pediatric occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy.

Centers for Exceptional Children
Website: thecfec.org
Address: 2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Contact: (336) 727-2440
Info: For more than 65 years, The Centers for Exceptional Children has been providing a critical combination of support services, programs and facilities dedicated to one thing: helping children and their families thrive.

Cerebral Palsy Family Network
Website: cpfamilynetwork.org
Contact: 800-273-2645
Info: Cerebral Palsy Family Network is an organization whose mission is to provide medical and legal resources for families and their children with cerebral palsy.

Website: myynow.org/main/chaamp
Address: Tom A. Finch YMCA
1010 Mendenhall Street
Thomasville, NC 27360
Contact: (336) 475-6125
Info: Located at the Tom A. Finch YMCA in Thomasville, The CHAAMP program (Communities Helping All Achieve Maximum Potential) holds an event roughly once a month for school age kids with special needs. They have movies, bowling, Easter egg hunts, Halloween parties and more. They try to do something different each month. Some events involve the family and for some, parents can drop their kids off for the short time of the event. Open to members and non-members.

Cherith Cottage
Website: facebook.com/cherithcottage
Address: cherithcottage@aol.com
Contact: (704) 238-0585
Info: Cherith Cottage offers a private cottage to caregivers for overnight respite. Caregivers include those taking care of children/adults with a disability; children with a life-threatening, chronic or terminal illness; aging parents unable to care for themselves. Call Paula or John Roncace for reservations.

Cheshire Center
Website: cheshirecenter.net
Address: 2500 N. Church Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Contact: (336) 375-2240
Info: The Chesire Center mission is to help families increase quality of life through the improvement of communication skills. They provide pediatric Speech Language Therapy to children from birth through age 21 and Developmental Services (C.B.R.S.) to children from birth to age 3.

City of High Point Special Populations Department
Website: highpointnc.gov/Activities
Info: A wide variety of programs are offered, including bowling, adaptive anglers, and a special Olympics local track and field competition.

Community Access Therapy Services, Inc.
Website: facebook.com/CommunityAccessTherapyServices
Address: 5 Dundas Circle, Suite B
Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 294-3338
Info: Community Access Therapy Services offers pediatric therapy services for 0-21 years old with developmental delays, autism, AD/HD, Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or genetic disorders affecting development.

Calm Cottontail Yoga
Website: cottontailandfriends.com
Contact: Christi Eley, Owner  336-766-1444
Info: Private  mobile (will come to you!) children’s yoga sessions combining with animal therapy with real bunnies!  Bunny Yoga!  For ages 3 – 10; $50 per session. Discount on multiple visits. This helps all children to learn relaxation, meditation and focus techniques.  Very helpful for children labeled with ADD/ADHD.   Christi Eley has over 20 years working with children in the community providing yoga classes and animal therapy.  By combining both practices, children will have a very meaningful experience with lasting benefits.

Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro
Website: dsngg.org
Contact: info@dsngg.org
Info: The Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro is committed to enriching the lives of individuals with Down syndrome by connecting with new families, providing social and educational opportunities for members, and promoting awareness and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in our community.Find their Facebook page here.

The Enrichment Center
Website: enrichmentarc.org
Address: 1006 South Marshall Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: (336) 777-0076
Info: The Enrichment Center is focused on empowering the lives of adults with disabilities through art, education, and employment. Find them on Facebook here.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
Website: ecac-parentcenter.org
Address: 907 Barra Row, Suites 102/103
Davidson, NC 28036
Contact: (704) 892-1321
Info: The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center is a private, non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of all children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Shannon S. Falcone, MA, CCC-SLP
Website: kernersvillespeech.com
Contact: 336-749-7554; shanslp72@gmail.com
Info: Speech Therapist. Shannon specializes in working with children ages 3-12 who have articulation disorders, language disorders, and auditory processing disorders.  She has over 13 years experience and graduated from Salem College and received her Masters degree from UNC-Greensboro.  Shannon provides speech-language therapy services to daycares and preschools throughout the Kernersville, NC area.

Family Support Network of Central Carolina
Website: fsncc.org
Address: 801 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408
Contact: (336) 832-6507
Info: A non profit that serves families that have children with special needs (open to any diagnosis, at any age!) in Guilford and surrounding counties. They offer fun, free community events, support groups, parent mentors, and educational programs year round. They can be found on Facebook here, on Twitter @fsn_cc and Instagram @fsn_cc.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth
Website: thecfec.org/family-support-network
Address: 4505 Shattalon Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Contact: (336) 703-4289
Info: Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth is an outreach program with a wide range of services and programs for families of children with special needs (medical, developmental, or other), such as parent-to-parent matches, sibshops, and mentor parent training. They are affiliated with The Family Support Network of NC and currently serve Forsyth and surrounding counties. There is no charge for any service they provide.

Footprints Case Management
Website: footprintscasemanagement.orgContact: (704) 412-2144, ext. 112
Info: The Community Alternatives Program for Children (CAP/C) provides cost-effective home care for medically fragile children (through age 20) who would otherwise require long-term hospital care or nursing facility care. The program contributes to the quality of life for the children and their families/caregivers, while providing care that is cost-effective in comparison to the Medicaid cost for institutional care. Owned and operated by a parent of three children with special needs they understand the unique challenges you face as parents. You can find them on Facebook.

GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh (a Down Syndrome Achievement Center)
Website: gigisplayhouse.org/raleigh
Address: 2887 Jones Franklin Rd
Raleigh 27606
Contact: (919) 307-3952
Info: At GiGi’s Playhouse, all ages are welcome, from pre-natal to adults. The positive and uplifting environment of GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh will empower those with Down syndrome and their families to reach their highest potential. GiGi’s Playhouse’s custom, research-based curriculum works towards advancing literacy, math skills, gross and fine motor skills, improving low muscle tone, building self-esteem, preparing for the workforce and more while fostering acceptance, awareness and networking resources for parents, siblings and the community. All programs are FREE of charge: cost will not be a barrier to achievement!

Greenhills School: Marcus Davis Teacher Training and Language Therapy Center
Website: greenhillsschool.ws
Address: 1360 Lyndale Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Contact: (336) 924-4908
Info: Greenhills offers accredited Orton-Gillingham tutoring, off-site by their experienced tutors, and on-site Orton-Gillingham structured language teacher training seminars. Their goal is to ameliorate the academic and the overlying emotional difficulties which unremediated dyslexic individuals encounter. Their programs accomplish this by teaching dyslexics of all ages to read at the level of their intellectual aptitude.

The Guilford County Epilepsy Support Group
Website: facebook.com/groups
Address: 600 N. Eugene St. at Deep Roots Market (inside their community room). Location is subject to change.
Contact: email James at eancguilfordcounty@gmail.com
Info: The group began as a Facebook group and they now meet in person. It is part of The Epilepsy Association of NC, a 501(3)c started by Toney Kincaid. Follow them on Facebook for more information.

High Point Speech Therapy, PLLC (Kirsten Bertschi, MA, CCC-SLP)
Website:  highpointspeech.com
Address: 1623 York Ave, Suite 103, High Point, NC 27265
Contact:  kirsten@highpointspeech.com; 336-485-8338
Info:  Assessment and treatment of pediatric speech and language disorders.  Areas include speech sound disorders, phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency disorders (stuttering), developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and early intervention.

Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
Website: horsepower.org
Address: 8001 Leabourne Road
Colfax, NC 27235
Contact: (336) 931-1424
Info: Horsepower provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted therapy to individuals with disabilities, as well as able-bodied students. Find them on Facebook here.

iCan House
Website: icanhouse.org
Address: 862 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: (336) 723-0050
Info: iCan House is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization registered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The iCan House educates, supports, and enhances the lives of those with social challenges and their families. They do so by teaching social and life skills using our own unique, interactive and engaging curriculum. They currently offer more than 8 programs and using this positive approach, they help members learn life, social, and independence skills. By doing so, their members also develop a sense of belonging and purpose. Find them on Facebook here.

Website: illumii.co
Address: 121 Reynolda Village, STE A
Winston Salem, NC 27106
Contact: (336) 893-9018
Info: Your family has advisers for health and finances, but what about education? Parents form long-term relationships with their family pediatrician, who provides medical expertise on how to best raise their children to be healthy and happy. They hire financial advisors to be gurus of the future and ensure the security of their kids. But who can parents turn to with regard to the specific educational questions they have for their children and the challenges they have? The internet is full of advice blogs, but nothing really nails the exact situations you face with YOUR child. It’s time for someone to be there for your family. It’s time you had an educational adviser, who can provide valuable answers and the relief that an expert is finally in your corner.

Joshua’s Angel Center of the Carolinas
Website: facebook.com/JoshuasAngelCenterOfTheCarolinas
Address: 1228 Lighting Cross Road, Boonville, NC
Contact: jtjhazelwood@netzero.com
Info: Joshua’s Angel Center of the Carolina’s is a non-profit horse recreation center for special needs or disabled children and adults.

Keith Howard Law
Website: khowardlaw.com
Address: Located in Charlotte
Contact: keith@khowardlaw.com
(919) 824-0146
Info: A special education and disability rights attorney who advocates for clients statewide. Keith advocates for clients at IEP and 504 Plan meetings. He also file state complaints and special education lawsuits on behalf of clients.

Lewisville Titans Cheerleading Spirit Squad
Website: wearethetitans.org
Contact: Julia Murray Ezell
Info: The Lewisville Titans have a special needs cheerleading squad called the Titan SPIRIT. They take special needs boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Practice is from 6-7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and game day is on Saturdays. The coaches are parents to children with special needs so they understand the best approach for your child. You can find their Facebook page here.

Lindley Habilitation
Website: lindleyhabilitation.com
Address: Various offices located in Burlington, Clemmons, and Greensboro. Click here for the office directory.
Info: Lindley Habilitation Services specializes in helping persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities reach their fullest potential. They provide Inovations I/DD Medicaid in home services, Day Program Services, AFL Services, as well as private pay care for the Innovations I/DD community. You can also find them on Facebook here.

N.C. Infant-Toddler Program
Website: beearly.nc.gov
Address: 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
Contact: (919) 707-5520
Info: The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Sixteen Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.

Website: ot4kidsinc.com
Address: 440 Central Avenue, Lexington, NC 27292
Contact: (336) 236-6546
Info: OT4KIDS offers pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech, Craniosacral, and Massage Therapy in Lexington, NC and the surrounding areas. Find them on Facebook here.

Peacehaven Community Farm
Website: peacehavenfarm.org
Address: 1458 NC Highway 61
Whitsett, NC 27377
Contact: (336) 449-9900
Info: Peacehaven Community Farm seeks to connect people with special needs to the larger community through shared living and the work of sustainable farm. They offer an affordable housing community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Find their Facebook page here.

Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network
Website: pdssn.org
Address: 1551 Westbrook Plaza Drive, Suite 110, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: (336) 760-8599
Info: The Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network is a nonprofit organization which provides support and information to parents of children and adults with Down syndrome in the Piedmont area. Our aim is to support each other and enrich the lives of our children and adults so they can reach their full potential. Visit their Facebook page or check out their private member discussion group.

Prosthetic & Orthotic Institute
Address:  10502 Park Road, Suite 170, Charlotte, NC 28210
Contact:  704-697-1105
Info: Prosthetic & Orthotic Institute (POI) provides prosthetic and orthotic care to adults and children in the Greater Charlotte area. Their experienced clinicians are driven by compassion, collaboration, and communication to help patients achieve their goals and increase their mobility.

PSA Healthcare
Website: psahealthcare.com
Address: 4715 Yadkinville Road, #144, Pfafftown, NC 27040
Contact: (336) 739-3696
Info: PSA provides in-home, private duty nursing, and many other essential health services to thousands of medically fragile kids and their families all across the country. Their trusted care focuses on meeting clinical needs, improving the lives of those they serve, and delivering the highest quality home care. Visit their Facebook page here.

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
Website: riverwoodtrc.org
Address: 6825 Rolling View Drive, Tobaccoville, NC 27050
Contact: (336) 922-6426
Info: Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center provides quality, professional equine assisted activities for both children and adults with special needs.

Serenity Acres Farm: Animal Assisted Activities for Children
Website: serenityacresfarmnc.com
Address: 3988 Flyntdale Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Contact: serenityacresfarmNC@gmail.com
Info: Our mission is to provide opportunities for children to engage in animal-assisted activities and have interactive, educational experiences that encourage emotional, spiritual, developmental, and physical health, in a safe and affirming environment as they explore nature and farm life.

Simply Therapy Speech Therapy Services
Website: simplytherapypc.com
Address: 307 Upton Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Contact: (336) 837.4222 or amalie.burr@gmail.comInfo: Simply Therapy provides speech, language, and feeding therapy services to children of all ages with a variety of delays and disorders. Services are provided in our clinics, as well as community locations within the Winston-Salem and Kernersville areas.

Speechcenter, Inc.
Website: speechcenter.com
Address: 185 Charlois Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: (336) 725-0454
Info: Provides speech-language pathology services of the highest possible quality, delivered in a humanistic and ethical manner, at the lowest possible cost to any individual or agency, with special consideration to the economically disadvantaged and medically under-served.

Tackle Advocacy
Website: tackleadvocacy.com
Address: 101 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: 336-317-6286
Info: We provide advocacy support to assist families in pinpointing learning difficulties.Some families already have an analysis and are being served by an IEP/504. But, many parents can’t be certain about the extent of their child’s educational needs. They seek advocacy support to help them identify what may be affecting their child’s education.

The Speech Lady
Website: thespeechlady.com/about-us
Info: The Speech Lady, PLLC is a group of qualified, energetic, pediatric therapists who would love to meet you and work with your family! All therapists hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) in speech language pathology, and are NC Board Certified. We have more than 50 years of combined experience working with children in various settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, non- profit organizations, preschools/schools, and homes. We also have our own kiddos (which have come with their own set of challenges including food allergies, asthma, feeding issues, Type 1 Diabetes… the list goes on!) which is perhaps the best experience when it comes to children!

The Miracle League of High Point
Website: hpmiracleleague.org
Info: Baseball League for children with special needs. Contact for age guidelines.

Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse
Website: abrighterpathprograms.org/programs
Info: An extension of Industries for the Blind, Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse teaches life skills to children with visual impairments.

Triad First in Families
Website: triadfirstinfamilies.webs.com
Address: 450 W Hanes Mill Road, Suite 223, Winston-Salem, NC
Contact: (336) 757-8721
Info: Partnering with people with disabilities and/or their families by supporting their efforts to realize their dreams and achieve their goals. TFIF hosts events, funding and scholarships, and more. Visit their Facebook Page here.

Triad Learning Disabilities Association (Triad LDA)
Website: triadlda.com
Address: 3310 Horse Penn Creek Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
Contact: triadlda@gmail.com
Info: The Triad Learning Disabilities Association (Triad LDA) is a volunteer, parent and professional organization dedicated to providing support to individuals with learning disabilities and their families through education, advocacy, and training and is affiliated with Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina.

Tristan’s Quest, Inc.
Website: tristansquest.com
Address: 115-A South Walnut Circle
Greensboro, NC 27409
Contact: (336) 547-7460
Info: A nonprofit organization, Tristan’s Quest is devoted to meeting the diverse needs of children and young adults ages 3-21 with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. You can find their Facebook page here.

Twin City Soccer Top Hats
Website: twinsfoundation.org/topsoccer
Info: For children with physical or mental disabilities. Contact for age guidelines.
Wake Forest Baptist Outpatient Therapy
Address: Medical Plaza – Miller (formerly CompRehab)
Info: Provides  pediatric occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy.

Exceptional Children’s Division – Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools
Website: wsfcs.k12.nc.us/domain/24
Info: The vision of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Exceptional Children’s Division is to educate children with disabilities and foster their independence, enabling them to become contributing and productive citizens.<


Events, Programs & Meet Ups

Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Website: facebook.com/GSOParksandRec
Contact: 336-373-2735
Info: Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Unit will offer free sprayground sessions at Barber Park and Keeley Parks for families who have children with disabilities throughout the summer. Check our Facebook page for exact dates. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 336-373-2735.

Autism Afternoon at McNairy
Website: library.greensboro-nc.gov
Address: 4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC 27455
Contact: (336) 373-2015
Info: The McNairy library branch offers a designated Autism Afternoon to encourage their customers with autism to visit the library. If you are a parent who has been avoiding the library because you are concerned your child will be loud or disruptive, please visit. Library staff members familiar with autism will be on hand, and signage will be posted to inform other library customers that it is Autism Afternoon. Offered one Sunday a month from 3-6 pm.

Autism Social Group
Website: concordumclewisville.org
Contact: Please call Matt and Teresa Reece with any questions or for more information at 336-830-0164.
Info: Come and meet others in the Autism Social Group, geared for teenagers, but all are welcome, to participate or volunteer. Join in the fun to love one another as Christ has called us to do. They play games, listen to music and sometimes dance. They will enjoy dinner, make a craft or do a holiday-themed activity. Parents are encouraged to attend. Cost $5. Meetings take place at Concord UMC Family Life Center, 8955 Concord Church Road, Lewisville, almost monthly except during the summer months.

D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome)
Website: dsagws.org/d-a-d-s
Contact: Quincy Harvey, D.A.D.S. Director, qlharvey@tahotech.com
Info: D.A.D.S. is an organization of fathers of children with Down Syndrome whose mission is to support and assist each other. They meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Guilford Dads’ Group (Family Support Network)
Website: sncc.org/our-parent-groups
Contact: support@fsncc.org
Info: Meets at various locations around Greensboro, email support@fsncc.org for more information. An informal support group for dads with children of any age with any type of special needs. Meetings are generally held the third Tuesday of each month September through May.

Guilford Moms’ Group (Family Support Network)
Website: fsncc.org/our-parent-groups
Contact: support@fsncc.org
Info: Meets at various locations around Greensboro, email support@fsncc.org for more information
An informal support group for mothers with children of any age with any type of special needs. Meetings are generally held the third Thursday of each month September through May.

Happy Mama Conference and Retreat
Website: if-mama-aint-happy.com
Contact: happymamaretreat@gmail.com
Info: The Happy Mama Retreat is a weekend away for moms of children with special needs, created by moms of children with special needs. Not just a relaxing weekend, not just an educational conference, not just a moms-only weekend away – it’s all three rolled into one. They want to help you gain community with other mothers who share your questions, concerns, worries, and fears. They want to provide education to help you advocate for your child and yourself, and to give you the tools to re-discover your own happiness. They want to nurture you with a beautiful setting and fun, relaxing activities. (Scholarships are available through the Tanji D. Dewberry Happy Mama Scholarship.) You can find the Happy Mama Retreat on Facebook.

iClub at iCan House
Website: icanhouse.org/programs/iclubAddress: 862 W. 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: Call (336) 723-0050 or email info@icanhouse.com for more information
Info: A club for children and youth, ages 8-14, in need of social skills training and who would benefit from the opportunity to make new friends and be part of a group.

Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break
Website: westmarketchurch.org/special-needs
Address: 302 W Market Street
Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 275-4587
Info: Buddy Break is a free kids program where kids with special needs (VIP kids: includes any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile) make new friends, have fun playing games, hear and see great children’s stories, videos, music and more! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities usually for three hours. Includes VIP children ages 2 – 16 years old and their siblings 4 years – 5th grade. Third Saturday of each month, 10am – 1pm. Contact Sarah Gray, Buddy Break Coordinator, for more information at buddybreak@wmsumc.org or (336) 560-3967.

The Saturday Club
Website: brennerchildrens.org/Family-Resources
Contact: Call (336) 727-2505
Info: Supported by Brenner Children’s Hospital. Support and socialization for teens and pre-teens with special needs. Meets the third Saturday of the month.

Sensory Friendly Fridays at Greensboro Science Center
Website: greensboroscience.org
Address: 4301 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27455
Contact: (336) 275-4587
Info: Sensory Friendly Night tickets are $5 per person for guests ages 3 and older. Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased on site at the GSC’s admission window the evening of the event. Tickets include admission to the GSC’s museum and aquarium, with special quiet and activity zones, games, and sensory backpacks available for loan. The zoo will not be open.  This after-hours event is designed specifically for guests with sensory-related challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families. Guests are encouraged to visit the GSC’s website at greensboroscience.org and click on “Know Before You Go” on the “Visit” page for a link to an accessibility page that contains downloadable materials that will help prepare for the evening’s activities.

Sensory Friendly Mondays at Kaleideum Downtown
Website: childrensmuseumofws.org/visit/accessibilityAddress: 390 South Liberty Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: (336) 723-9111
Info: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences are invited to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. Sensory Friendly Mondays are offered one day per month, September – May, on Members Only Mondays (9:00 am-12:00 pm) when attendance is light. You do not need to be a member in order to attend, but membership or admission is required. Download a social narrative and visual schedule to help prepare for your visit by clicking here. Sensory Friendly Nights are offered quarterly. Admission is $3/person (+tax) for members and non-members.

Sensory Friendly Summer Film Series 2020
Website: thegrandtheatre.com
Address: 5601 University Parkway ♦ Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Info: Select Saturdays at 10 am. Sensory friendly showings provide an environment for children and individuals Autism Spectrum or anyone for whom the environment is suitable and their families.

Sensory Storytime at McNairy
Website: greensboro-nc.gov/index.
Address: Glenn McNairy Public Library Branch
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC 27455
Contact: (336) 373-2015
Info: Designed for children with special needs who are not expected to sit still or stay quiet, this story-time follows a visual schedule and is followed by free play with a variety of hands-on activities, including sensory bins, puzzles, crafts, and more. Children of all ages (and siblings) are welcome. One Sunday each month at 3:00pm.

Sensory Storytime at Forsyth Central Library
Website: forsyth.cc/library/childrenslibrary
Address: 660 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: (336) 703-2665
Info: Every 4th Saturday of the month at 10:15am, join the Central Children’s Library for Sensory Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome for interactive story-based activities. All children are invited to come and enjoy a relaxed approach to storytime that has been deliberately designed for anyone with sensory integration challenges.

Sensory Sundays at Chuck E Cheese
Website: chuckecheese.com/events/sensory-sensitive-sundays
Address: 702-A Pembroke Road, Greensboro
Info: Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. They now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month, by opening two hours early. Their trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit. Click the link for more info.

Special Needs Days
Website: visitpattersonfarm.com/educational-field-trips
Address: Patterson Farm, 10390 Caldwell Road, Mt. Ulla, NC
Info: During Pumpkin season and Strawberry season we host Special Needs Days.  Special Needs Day is designed for our staff to meet any special needs our guests may have. Special Needs Day is free of charge but space is limited and is by reservation only.  Click HERE to see upcoming dates, and to book your appointment!

Special Hockey with Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association
Website: wsyha.org/page
Info: The goal is to give athletes with physical and developmental  disabilities the opportunity to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to their level  of play. The season lasts from October through March at the Winston Salem Annex.  The team practices on Sunday nights from 6:15-7:15.

Outdoor Playgroups
Website: alamancechildren.org
Address: Alamance Partnership for Children, 2322 River Rd, Burlington
Info: For caregivers and children ages birth through five. Mondays 10:30am – 12:00pm. Wednesdays 3:30pm – 5:00pm. The playgroup is located at the Alamance Partnership for Children – Outdoor Learning Environment at the corner of River and Hodges Road. There is no charge and no need to register. The Outdoor Learning Environment is a space where children can connect to nature and play within numerous sensory settings.


Private Schools

LifeSpan Circle School<
Website: lifespanservices.org/day-programs/alamance-county
Address: 919 Stokes Street
Burlington, NC 27215
Phone: (336) 513-4250
Grades: Daycare for 6 weeks to 5 years.
Specializes in: inclusive program supporting children with developmental delays and typically developing children. Children with and without disabilities participate in the same routines and play experiences.

Lionheart Academy of the Triad
Website: lionheartacademy.com
Address: 1734 Battleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone: (336) 676-6075
Grades: High School
Specializes in: Lionheart targets those students capable of achieving a high school diploma, but have difficulty learning in a traditional classroom environment. A traditional diploma track as well as an Occupational Course of Study track are offered.

Noble Academy
Website: nobleknights.org
Address: 3310 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: (336) 282-7044
Grades: K to 12
Specializes in: math disabilities, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), memory problems, written expression disability, AD/HD, dyslexia and other reading disabilities

The Piedmont School
Website: thepiedmontschool.com
Address: 815 Old Mill Road
High Point, NC 27265
Phone: (336) 883-0992
Grades: K to 12th
Specializes in: learning disabilities and/or AD/HD

Triad Academy at Summit School
Address: 2100 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 722-2777
Grades: 1st to 8th
Specializes in: print based reading and written language difficulties

Public Schools

Carter High School
Website: wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/2249
Address: 851 Highland Court
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 703-4119
9th to 12th
Specializes in:
transitioning high school students with special needs into life after high school

The Children’s Center
Website: wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/3517
Address: 2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 727-2440
Grades: PreK to 5th
Specializes in:
children with orthopedic and/or long-term chronic health impairments

Gateway Education Center
Website: gcsnc.com/Gateway_Education_Center
Address: 3205 E. Wendover Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: (336) 375-2575
Grades: ages 3 to 22
Specializes in: students with severe and multiple mental and/or physical disabilities

Haynes-Inman Education Center
Website: gcsnc.com/haynes-inman_education_center
Address: 200 Haynes Road
Jamestown, NC 27282
Phone: (336) 881-7170
Grades: ages preschool to 22
Description: Haynes-Inman Education Center is a Guilford County public separate school that serves approximately 130 students with severe to profound cognitive and/or physical disabilities. The facility also has one preschool inclusion class that educates special needs students as well as regular education students.

Herbin-Metz Education Center
Website: gcsnc.com/herbin-metz_education_center
Address: 400 O’Ferrell Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: (336) 333-7065
Grades: K to 8th grade
Description: Herbin-Metz is part of the Guilford County School System and serves students who have moderate to severe developmental delays and autism, or who need a highly structured, smaller school environment with fewer distractions and an environment that can be modified to address sensory challenges. They follow the traditional calendar.

Lowrance Middle School
Website: wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/2288
Address: 3605 Old Greensboro Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 703-4181
Grades: 6th – 8th grade
Description: Special needs school located in Winston-Salem.

McIver Education Center
Website: gcsnc.com/schools/alt/mciver/index.html
Address: 1401 Summit Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: (336) 370-8260
Grades: ages 5 to 22 years old
Description: Serves 130 exception education students. Instruction is offered to meet the needs of the individual student.

The Mell-Burton School
Website: youthfocus.org/mell-burton-school
Address: 405 Parkway, Suite A
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: (336) 274-5909
Grades: middle and high school students
Description: A day treatment program for students with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Students must have an Individualized Education Plan through the school system to qualify. While enrolled, youth receive academic, psychiatric, individual and group counseling. Students receive full academic credit and transportation is provided.

The Special Children’s School
Website: thecfec.org/special-childrens-school<
Address: 4505 Shattalon Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 703-4191
K to 5th
children with developmental and cognitive disabilities

Stoner-Thomas School
Website: sts.davidson.k12.nc.us
Address: 215 County School Road
Lexington, NC 27292
Phone: (336) 248-5421
Grades: ages 5 to 22
Description: Stoner-Thomas is a public separate school for students with developmental disabilities. They serve students from all three school systems: Davidson County, Lexington City, and Thomasville City.

Summer Camps

*Triad Moms on Main updates a comprehensive summer camp directory every year, and includes special needs camps for every area of the Triad. You can view this list HERE.


Parenting ADHA Now!: Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD by Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories by Kay Marner and Adrienne Ehlert Bashista

Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

A Special Gift: A Devotional for Mothers of Children with Unique Challenges by Carrie Gruman-Trinkner

More Than a Mom: Living a Full And Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs by Heather Fawcett, Amy Baskin

Held: Learning to Live in God’s Grip {A Bible Study for Special-Needs Parents} by Lee and Sandra Peoples

Empowering Your Child Who Has Special Needs by Debbie Salter Goodwin

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Lindsey Biel, Nancy Peske

4 Life Skills Book Recommendations for Parents of Children with Special Needs from Gabriella Volpe

Websites And Online Communities

ARK Therapeutic Products
ARK Therapeutic is a leading manufacturer of innovative therapy tools and special needs products. They’ve created a unique line of oral motor tools, feeding and drinking aids, speech therapy tools, sensory chews, writing tools, and much more. Their website also offers expert tips and blog posts. Find them on Facebook here.

Wright’s Law
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Complete Caregiver
Their mission is to assist parent-caregivers of special needs and medically fragile kids by providing information, activities, resources and support to help them take care of themselves while being great caregivers to their children. Link to their Facebook page here.

Fun and Function
An online store of therapist designed, kid-friendly sensory tools and toys, their website also offers resources such as finding a local therapist, tips from pediatric therapists, and a blog. Find them on Facebook here.

Key Ministry for Families
Key Ministry promotes meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with disabilities for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Link to Facebook here.

Nathaniel’s Hope
Sharing “the Hope” with kids with Special Needs and their Families

Special Needs Parenting Bloggers
Share, discuss, and ask questions about blogging and specific issues about special needs parenting and disabilities.

Special Needs Parents Support
This group is for special needs parents to support each other on their special needs journey. A safe place where there are only two rules: #1-Be kind and #2-Offer encouragement.

Parents of Medically Complex Kiddos- North Carolina
A place for North Carolina (only) Parents of Medically Complex Kiddos to network, socialize (MNO, zoo trips etc), referral lists, and more.

Top 100 Special Needs Resources on the Web

Triad NC Special Needs Support and Services
A place for networking, resource sharing, and social encouragement.

Food Allergy Families of the Triad
Food Allergy Families of the Triad provides food allergy education, support and allergen free activities for the Triad communities under Medical Advisor Dr. Jason W. Caldwell, D.O., of Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Dental Care Guidance for Caregivers of Patients with Down Syndrome

Caring 4 Our Kids – A resource for parents of kids with ASD, CFS, or Fibromyalgia suggested we share the following links with TMoM readers:

Autism Resources for Families
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Creating a Home Where Your Child Can Thrive with a Disability
CDC Autism Links and Resources
Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids
Planning for the Future for Seniors with Special Needs
Operation Autism for Military Families
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips

Personal Blogs

Diary of a Mom: autism

Finding Cooper’s Voice: apraxia, autism

Gillian Marchenko: Down Syndrome, Moyamoya Disease, special needs adoption, depression

Singing Through the Rain: autism, sensory processing disorder, apraxia, feeding tubes

Wonderfully Made: autism

Support for Special Needs: families raising kids with special needs

Parenting isn’t Pretty: support for special education

MOM-Not Otherwise Specified: autism

Love That Max: cerebral palsy

Don’t forget that TMoM also has an entire category on its site dedicated to Special Needs. Click HERE to go directly to that category for additional articles and resources.

*Please note that Triad Moms on Main does not necessarily endorse the persons or businesses represented in our directory.