By TMoM team member Michelle Barson

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.

When your child has a special need, regardless of severity, you may feel isolated and as though no one has experienced what you are. Then to find the resources your child needs, and are the right fit for you and your family, can be a daunting and time-consuming task. 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

A Bridge to Achievement
Website: abridgetoachievement.com/
Address:
Contact: (336) 560-7878 or info@abta-aba.com
Info: A Bridge to Achievement, understands that autism has a dramatic and lifelong impact on individuals with this diagnosis and their families.  They partner with parents to understand their learners by identifying their strengths, interests, and learning styles. Using evidenced-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practices, our highly-trained Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians focus on individualized interventions to help learners reach their full potential. They strive to promote positive change in the lives of our learners and families.

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: facebook.com/adaptiveeducationalstrategies/
Address: High Point, NC
Contact: Molly Meisky Rooks at 336-609-0254 or by email at 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 Therapeutic Day Program
Website: wakehealth.edu/Locations/Clinics/t/Therapeutic-Day-Program
Address: 3325 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: (336) 713-7493
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: Click here to send email.
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.

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, and advocacy 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 Dr., High Point, NC 27265
Contact: (336) 883-0650 or arcofhp153@gmail.com
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: 111 Pomona Dr.Suite G, Greensboro, NC 27407
Contact: (855) 355-5099
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
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. Find a support group near you by clicking here. 

BAYADA Habilitation
Website: bayada.com/services-habilitation.asp
Address: Click here to find your local office.
Contact: (888) 790-3025
Info: BAYADA Habilitation is an accredited program that helps clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live safely at home and participate in their communities with comfort, independence, and dignity.

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 to children with complex medical needs. You can find them on Facebook 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.

The Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment
Website: carolinacenterforaba.com
Address: Locations in Winston Salem and more. Find specific locations by visiting the website.
Contact: Visit website for “contact us” form or email intake@carolinacenterforaba.com
Info: The Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment offers several programs to meet the needs of a variety of learners. All services are individualized to meet the needs of a specific client; however, there are specialized programs that concentrate on subskills related to the deficits of ASD. Please visit website for specific offerings.

Centers for Exceptional Children
Website: thecfec.org
Address: 2315 Coliseum Dr., 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. Services include programs for families and children aged infants through school-aged.

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.

Cheshire Center
Website: cheshirecenter.net
Address: 2500 N. Church St., 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 Unite
Website: highpointnc.gov/Activities
Info: We offer a wide variety of modified,  adaptive, and leisure recreational programs and sports, including Miracle League of High Point and Special Olympics.

Community Access Therapy Services, Inc.
Website: facebook.com/CommunityAccessTherapyServices
Address: 5 Dundas Circle, Suite B Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 294-3338 or email office@catsinctherapy.com
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.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston Salem
Website: www.dsagws.org/
Address: 305 W. Fourth St. Suite B11 W-S, NC 27101
Contact: (336) 739-3696
Info: The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem 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.  Our group meets periodically to encourage and strengthen each other, by striving to increase our knowledge, understanding and hope about Down syndrome. We host guest speakers and share new information, ideas and advice to become better advocates for our children.

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 St., 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 that helps parents navigate the special education system, know their rights, and use their voice. We provide information, support, training and resources to assist families caring for children with special needs from birth to age 26.

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.<

Family Support Network of Central Carolina
Website: fsncc.org
Address: 801 Green Valley Rd., Greensboro, NC 27408
Contact: (336) 832-6507
Info: Provides support, education, and caring connections to families who have a child with special needs or who have experienced a NICU stay. FSNCC serves families in Guilford and surrounding counties. All of our services are confidential and offered at no cost to our families.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth
Website: thecfec.org/family-support-network
Address: 4505 Shattalon Dr., 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.org
Contact: (704) 412-2144, ext. 112; lucy@footprintscasemanagement.org
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 Dr., 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.

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 Rd., 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.

Illumii
Website: illumii.co
Address: 121 Reynolda Village, STE A, Winston Salem, NC 27106
Contact: (336) 893-9018 or kristin@illumii.com
Info: Educational advisers, who can provide valuable answers and the relief that an expert is finally in your corner. Focuses include educational testing, counseling, tutoring, college planning, IEP advocacy and parent learning.

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, FREE recreation center for special needs or disabled children and adults.

Keith Howard Law
Website: khowardlaw.com
Address: Located in Charlotte
Contact:(919) 824-0146 or keith@khowardlaw.com
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.

Kernersville Speech
Website: kernersvillespeech.com
Contact: 336-749-7554; shanslp72@gmail.com
Info: Speech Therapist. Shannon Falacone 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.

Lewisville Titans Cheerleading Spirit Squad
Website: wearethetitans.org
Contact: Julia Murray Ezell or cheerdirector@lewisvilletitans.org
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. Call to find a location near you (919) 390-2980.
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.

OT4KIDS
Website: ot4kidsinc.com
Address: 440 Central Avenue, Lexington, NC 27292
Contact: (336) 236-6546
Info:  Therapy provider serving children ages birth to 21 years, providing in-home and outpatient pediatric therapy in the Piedmont-triad area. Our services include: Occupational Therapy (OT); Physical Therapy (PT); Speech Therapy (ST); and Craniosacral Therapy (CST). 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.

Prosthetic & Orthotic Institute
Websitepoibelieve.com
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.

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.com
Info: 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.

SpeakEasy Therapy, PLLC
Website: facebook.com/
Contact: Julie Casey at (336) 946-2493 or info@speakeasytx.com
Info: SpeakEasy Therapy, PLLC provides speech-language screenings, evaluations, and speech therapy via in-home, child care center, or virtual venues. We focus on facilitating communication skills for children birth through 5th grade in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro/High Point area. Our mission is to work as a team with families and teachers in helping each child reach their potential to be the best communicator they can be! SpeakEasy Therapy specializes in articulation (speech sounds), phonological (patterns of speech sound errors), receptive & expressive language, fluency, phonemic awareness, and auditory processing therapies with over 90 years of combined experience. Our belief is that your child’s speech therapy experience should be FUN while our SLP’s focus on the needs of the child by targeting goals in a way that can support the child academically and socially in the most expedient way possible. All speech-language pathologists hold a national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) in speech language pathology and are licensed to practice in NC. SpeakEasy Therapy accepts Medicaid, Tricare, FSA/HSA accounts, and private pay.

Specialized Recreation Programs, Burlington Recreation Department
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. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

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!

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 St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: (336) 317-6286
Info: Provides educational 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.

Triad Epilepsy Support Group
Website: facebook.com/groups
Address: Meetings are currently held via zoom.
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.

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.

Twin City TOPSoccer
Website: topsoccer.ncfusion.org/next-session/
Address: BB&T Soccer Park on field number 1 (428 Twins Way, Bermuda Run, NC 27006) on Sundays from 3:00-4:00
Info:In an effort to bring kids together, both with disabilities and without, our TOPSoccer sessions are centered around the interaction between Athletes and Buddies. After a brief welcome and a stretch, Athletes and Buddies are released to play in whatever manner they so choose, before reconvening for a community game and closing cheer. Together, Athletes and their Buddies have a chance to play field games, kick goals, hula hoop, play frisbee, and generally do all of the things that kids love to do. TOPSoccer is open to any child, age three* or older, regardless of diagnosis or ability. Our players include children with autism, Down syndrome, intellectual and motor challenges, Cerebral Palsy, and other disabilities.

Wake Forest Baptist Outpatient Therapy
Website:wakehealth.edu/Specialty
Address: Medical Plaza – Miller
Info: Provides  pediatric occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy.

 

Events, Programs & Meet Ups

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.

Brenner Children’s Support Groups – Childrens Cancer Support Program (CCSP)
Website: wakehealth.edu/Specialty/
Contact: (336) 713-5984
Info: The Children’s Cancer Support Program (CCSP) provides support to pediatric oncology patients and their families during treatment and follow-up periods through counseling services, informational programs, networking opportunities, assistance with school issues, social events and various other activities.

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.

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.

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 Parent Groups (Family Support Network)
Website: fsncc.org/our-parent-groups
Contact: support@fsncc.org
Info: Meets at various locations around Greensboro and offers a Moms Group, Dads Group, Black Parents Group, Rare Disease Moms Group, and After NICU Moms Group. Visit their website for the group that best fits your needs and for time, day and location of their support group meetings.

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.

Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
Website: Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center 
Address: 4537 Walpole Rd, High Point, NC 27265
Contact: Phone: (336) 931-1424; Email: ride@horsepower.org
Info: Provides both challenges and rewards to people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social disabilities, including multiple sclerosis, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Down’s syndrome, as well as victims of physical, mental or emotional abuse. Additionally, we offer leadership and team-building programs for able-bodied riders.

iClub at iCan House
Website: icanhouse.org/programs/iclub
Address: 862 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact:  (336) 723-0050 or info@icanhouse.com
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.

LIVE Online Sensory Storytime with Kelly and Antuan
Website: greensboro-nc.gov/index.
Address: Glenn McNairy Public Library Branch
4860 Lake Jeanette Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455
Contact: (336) 373-2015 or Kelly.Proudfit@greensboro-nc.gov
Info: Join Antuan Hawkins from the Central Library and Kelly Proudfit from the Glenn McNairy Branch for a sensory storytime about vehicles and things that go. This live, interactive program on Zoom will feature stories, songs, and rhymes. It is open to anyone, but is especially for children, teens, and adults with special needs.  First Thursday of the month at 3pm. Register in advance.

Outdoor Playground
Website: alamancechildren.org
Address: Alamance Partnership for Children, 2322 River Rd, Burlington
Contact: For more information or to RSVP call (336) 513-0063 or email Kim at kmietus@alamancechildren.org or Maria mnunn@alamancechildren.org
Info: We welcome children of all abilities to our playgroups. Playgroups are FREE and for children who reside in Alamance County and their caregivers. Our Outdoor Learning Playgroup is currently offered on Mondays from 9:30am -11:00am. Our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Playgroup is offered on Wednesdays from 10:30am -12:00pm. Right now, both occur in the Outdoor Learning Environment on the corner of Hodges Road and River Road in Glencoe Mill Village.

Sensory Storytime at Forsyth Central Library
Website: forsyth.cc/library/childrenslibrary
Address: 660 West Fifth St., 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.

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, ages 3 – adult, the opportunity to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to their level  of play. The season lasts from January through March at the Winston Salem Annex.  The team practices on Sunday nights from 7:00 – 8:00pm.

VIP Sunday school Class
Website: westmarketchurch.org/special-needs
Address: 302 W Market St., Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 275-4587 or ann@westmarketchurch.org
Info: VIP class is one designed with specialized individual instruction centered around equipping our children with a Christian foundation and faith based relationships. The class includes dedicated and trained volunteers who teach and help support our class. The goal is to establish relationships with our students and to encourage their walk with God through weekly lessons.  The special needs class is offered during our modern worship service from 9:00-10:00 so parents can nurture their own faith.  If parents then choose to participate in their own adult class during the Faith and Fellowship time, the kids with special needs can attend a class with their typical peers from 10:00-10:50 and if kids need assistance in accessing the typical curriculum or classroom someone will accompany them.

Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association Special Needs League
Website: Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association Special Needs League
Address: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex, 414 Deacon Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Contact: Visit this page here
Info: The Special Hockey program is open to skaters age 3-adult. 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,

 

Schools

Private Schools

LifeSpan Circle School
Website: lifespanservices.org/day-programs/alamance-county
Address: 919 Stokes St., 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 Ave., Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone: (336) 676-6075
Grades: High School
Specializes in: We develop diploma seeking students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) into independent adults through research based education strategies designed to increase academic and social success.

Noble Academy
Website: nobleknights.org
Address: 3310 Horse Pen Creek Rd., 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 Rd., 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
Website:summitschool.com/the-student-experience/triad-academy
Address: 2100 Reynolda Rd., 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 Ct., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone:
(336) 703-4119
Grades:
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 Dr., 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 Ave., 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 Rd., Jamestown, NC 27282
Phone: (336) 881-7170
Grades: ages 2 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 St., Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: (336) 333-7065
Grades: K to 8th grade
Description: Serving students in need of the most intensive special education services offered on the continuum.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend who require a highly structured, smaller school setting with a staff that is trained in evidence-based practices to meet educational, behavioral, and communication needs.  We do not have open enrollment.  Decisions regarding placement are determined by the IEP team.

Lowrance Middle School
Website: wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Domain/2288
Address: 3605 Old Greensboro Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 703-4181
Grades: 6th – 8th grade
Description: Special needs school located in Winston-Salem with the latest technology and specific instructional areas. Our students can participate in art, music and physical education as well as enjoy real world experiences in the Life Skills and Business Lab areas.

McIver Education Center
Website: gcsnc.com/schools/alt/mciver/index.html
Address: 1401 Summit Ave., 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.

Smart Start of Davidson County
Website:davidson.k12.nc.us/
​Contact: Laquetta Williams, Preschool Coordinator (336) 242-5619 or laquettawilliams@davidson.k12.nc.us
Description: The Davidson County School System provides preschool services to 3 and 4 year old children who demonstrate significant delays in their development. Programs are offered for children who are identified as autistic, hearing impaired, developmentally delayed, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, speech language impaired, visually impaired, or traumatic brain injured.

The Special Children’s School, 
Website: thecfec.org/special-childrens-school<
Address: 4505 Shattalon Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone:
(336) 703-4191
Grades:
K to 5th
Description: 
They partner with two Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools – The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School – to provide high-quality education and valuable enrichment opportunities to children with physical and developmental disabilities. In addition, both locations accept typically developing children through kindergarten. All students with special needs receive customized, individual care in the form of physical, occupational and speech therapy. In addition, we offer a leading-edge Enrichment Program that blends adaptive physical education, art instruction, music and movement classes and nature-based activities to create rewarding experiences for students of differing abilities. Facebook page is available here.

Stoner-Thomas School
Website: sts.davidson.k12.nc.us
Address: 215 County School Rd., 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.

Support Groups

Alamance County Special Moms Group
Location: Various locations throughout Alamance County
Description: A Facebook group for Moms of children with special needs. Generally meets once a month.

Brenners Children Support Groups
Address: Locations vary – Winston-Salem
Contact: (336) 713-5984
Description: Follow each link to learn more about each specific community based group: Mended Little Hearts/The Tinman Club ;Children and Adults with Attention ; Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (C.H.A.D.D.) ;Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America;Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association; Families for Early Autism Treatment of North Carolina (F.E.A.T.) ; The Neurofibromatosis (NF) Syndrome Support Group; Parents Together; Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network. 

Childrens Cancer Support Program
Address: Winston-Salem
Contact: Call (336) 713-5984 or email Jeff Ungetheim
Description: The Children’s Cancer Support Program (CCSP) at Brenner Children’s Hospital provides support to Pediatric Oncology Patients and their families during treatment and follow-up periods. Support is available through counseling services, informational programs, networking opportunities, assistance with school issues, social events, and various other activities and services.

D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome)
Address:
Various Locations throughout the Triad
Contact: Call 336.403.0128 or email Quincy Harvey
Description: DSAGWS’s D.A.D.S. group is an organization of fathers of children with Down syndrome whose mission is to assist and support each other and their families through fellowship and action.  Members come together at monthly meetings to share insights, stories, and experiences that are unique to fathers of children with Down syndrome.  D.A.D.S. meets the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro
Address: Various Locations throughout the Triad
Contact: Email Ellen Bishop
Description: 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.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem
Address: 305 W. 4th Street #B11, Winston-Salem, NC
Contact: (336) 739-DOWN or email Info@dwagws.org
Description: The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem is a nonprofit organization which provides support and information to parents of children and adults with Down syndrome in the Piedmont area.  Their aim is to support others and enrich the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome so they can reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.  Programs include: New and Expectant Parent Support; Family Social Events; No Limits II Dances; Next Chapter Book Club; Buddy Walk; Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome, Ladies Night Out; Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome, monthly Exceptional Families educational programs, and more!

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem Ladies Night Out
Address:
Various locations throughout the Triad
Contact: (336)813-9260 or email Kristin Douglass
Description: Many families of down syndrome say their best support comes from other parents.  Ladies’ Night Out gives mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends a chance to talk and socialize. LNO meets each month at different restaurants in the area.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth – After NICU Moms Group
Address:  Contact for specific locations
Contact: (336) 703 – 4289
Description: This group is open to all Moms who have experienced a NICU stay in Guilford County.  This group meets on Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth – Rare Disease Mom Group
Address:  Contact for specific locations
Contact: (336) 703 – 4289
Description: This group is open to all Moms who have a child with a Rare Disease (RDM) in Guilford County.  This group meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth – Black Parents Group
Address:  Contact for specific locations
Contact: (336) 703 – 4289
Description: This group is open to all Black Parents who have a child with special needs in Guilford County.  This group meets on Thursday evening from 8:00-9:30 p.m., virtually for the time being.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth – Dads Group
Address:  Contact for specific locations
Contact: (336) 703 – 4289
Description: This group is open to all Dads who have a child with special needs in Guilford County.  This group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth – Moms Group
Address: Contact for specific location
Contact: (336) 703-4289
Info: This group is open to all Moms who have a child with special needs in Guilford County.  This group meets on Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Family Support Network of Central Carolina
Address: Guilford County and surrounding areas
Contact: (336) 832-6507 or support@fsncc.org
Description: When you are faced with a child’s disability, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, and ALONE. That’s why we offer FREE Parent Groups. These groups offer a safe, understanding, and supportive a community of other parents who have been there.

Books

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

A Bridge to Achievement
A list of resources for parents throughout the Piedmont area.

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.

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

Parenting isn’t Pretty: support for special education

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.