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The mission of Bright Start is to provide quality comprehensive services to all individuals with special needs and developmental delays so that children, teenagers and adults can achieve their greatest potential.

Located in Aiken, Anderson, Charleston, Chester, Greenville, Lancaster, Lexington, Kershaw, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg and York counties of South Carolina, Bright Start is proud to be the first private provider in the state to offer early intervention services to children with disabilities and special needs.

Bright Start also provides Case Management services to all individuals eligible for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.


Early Intervention is a family directed program providing intensive developmental instruction for parents/caregivers and their children with special needs.

We assist families in helping children reach developmental milestones by building on the strengths of the family and child. This is done through home visits and individualized family training.


Serving: Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Chester, Lancaster, York, Spartanburg, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Aiken, Anderson County, Cherokee County & Charleston 


Our Case Managers at Bright Start are ready to assist. We can help you connect to services and resources in the community for your loved one.

The mission of a Case Manager is to assist people with disabilities from three years of age through the life span. Case Managers work with the individuals and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities, and achieving life goals.

Serving: Fairfield, Newberry, Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Spartanburg, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Aiken, York, Chester & Lancaster


Bright Start has an excellent team of Speech Language Pathologists serving the Midlands (Swansea, Pelion, Batesburg, Wagner, Ridge Spring, Monetta, Gilbert, Lexington, Northeast Columbia, Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, Hopkins, and Blythewood), Up-State (Spartanburg, Pickens, and Greenville)


Serving: Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Richland, Lexington, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester & York

The Blog!

Social Media Safety And a Note About What We Post

By Stephanie Lageman | September 16, 2016

    Facebook – Instagram – Snapchat – Twitter It’s everywhere – and we are so connected all the time! It’s a well-established fact: parenting is, straight up, really hard sometimes – and feeling connected is sometimes what we need right in the middle of the five. hundredth. tantrum. this. afternoon. Because it’s easy to […]

Meet our Speech Language Pathologists!

By Brantley Bonnette | September 6, 2016

Hi, Bright Start Families! I hope all of you are doing well. You may recall that, in 2011, Bright Start ventured into the area of Speech Therapy after Beth and Teri recognized the need for more providers. This program was immediately successful and is only getting bigger and better. Since it’s a milestone 5th anniversary, […]

Back to school!! Set your routines for the BEST YEAR EVER!

By Stephanie Lageman | August 12, 2016

  It’s back to school time! Or, maybe, to school for the first time! Maybe your sweet baby 3 year old is off to a new preschool program! It’s a bittersweet time – with a little worry, lots of hope for a great year, and a couple of good shakeups of changing routines! It will […]

Sheryl Manning is our/the BEST!!! Words really can't define the excellent services she provides for my child. This person is always on it and always looking out for her best interest. We are so blessed to have someone like Sheryl, who's so genuine. She has been our case manager for over 3 wonderful years, she's family! I look forward to her calls every month, they are always uplifting and just therapeutic sometimes for me too!! Bright Start truly has a GEM, great asset by hiring her and she deserves to have a week off with extra! A very happy parent of J.F. mom Audra!

"Heather has been an excellent EI and we feel blessed to have her as part of our team! She is always eager to see MW as well as knowledgeable on ways to help her. She leaves me detailed instructions on things to work on. She has been patient when we have had to reschedule and helped coordinate our other services without any problems. MW will most likely not need her services much longer. We are so happy with the progress our sweet preemie has made and are thankful for people like Heather who have contributed to her success."

Karrie has been wonderful and informative to all our needs and questions. She is wonderful with Payton and shows great care and concern. When she arrives she is ready and excited about the goals for the day. This is a very new first time experience in dealing with EI services, so Karrie has been fantastic in making sure we are comfortable as well as informed of everything that is taking place. So far it has been a great experience, and we are very pleased to continue this journey for our little one.

We are very grateful and Blessed to have Bright start along with Karrie to be part of this process.

Forever Thankful!

I would just like to say that you have a star employee in Shelley Nowicki. She is absolutely wonderful. As our EI, she has gone well above and beyond her job to ensure us that we are getting the high quality care that our two boys with Autism deserve. We have never had any EI that has done that for us before. It is nice to know that I can rely on her to help us get through our transitions with the different therapists.

She recently helped me fight to get our 3 year old services through our local district. She is quite knowledgeable about what it means to be a mom that has boys with autism which is exactly the support system I need because I do not have any family in South Carolina. She really has become an extended member of the Seymour family.
Please forward the message this to her supervisor and give her a raise or at least some well deserved praise!



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Primary referral sources, including hospitals, physicians health care providers, social services agencies, day care providers, therapists, etc., are required to refer a child, birth to three years of age who may benefit from early intervention services, to BabyNet within two working days after identification (34 CFR Sec.303.321). Once referred, BabyNet wil ask the parent(s)/ guardian for consent before determining eligibility.
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