Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at SUWS of the Carolinas to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Outdoor Teen & Adolescent Developmental Disorders Treatment Center

We remain open and are continuing to accept new admissions.

SUWS of the Carolinas remains committed to providing clinically superior services within a safe and supportive environment while taking all appropriate precautions to protect the well-being of our students and staff.


For admissions information, or to learn more about the heightened preventive measures we have put in place, please click the link at the top of this page or call us at (828) 489-3198.

SUWS of the Carolinas is a life-changing wilderness-based therapy program for children and adolescents who are struggling with developmental disorders. At our wilderness treatment center for troubled teens, we blend traditional clinical treatment modalities with wilderness therapy to empower adolescents and teens to overcome their mood disorders and find lasting recovery.

What are Development Disorders?

Learn More About Developmental Disorders

Developmental disorders are a group of conditions whose onset occurs in the developmental period, and are characterized by developmental deficits such as specific learning limitations, lack of control of executive functioning, under-developed social skills, and impaired intelligence levels. Because of the developmental deficits associated with this group of disorders, a young person with a developmental disorder may often experience impairments in personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning and thus requiring therapy at a treatment center.

At our leading wilderness treatment center, we recognize how distressing it can be to face the many challenges that often accompany developmental disorders, and we have developed a unique therapy methodology that is specifically designed to overcome specific issues that may be affecting a young person’s emotional and psychological growth.

What We Treat

Developmental Disorders We Treat

The Approach Program at SUWS of the Carolinas is a specialized treatment track designed to help adolescents, ages 14-17, who are struggling with specific issues associated with their developmental disorder. Our highly trained, experienced staff members work hard to provide these young people with a variety of different levels of care, which include concrete teaching, skills-based therapy, and experiential therapy. By applying a skills-based curriculum and providing a socially nurturing environment throughout therapy, your child will be able to exceed far beyond his own expectations. Some of the developmental disorders we treat here at our center include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Asperger’s disorder
  • Pervasive developmental disorders

Why Choose SUWS

Why Consider Treatment at SUWS of the Carolinas

The Approach Program at SUWS of the Carolinas is dedicated to improving the lives of adolescents who are battling social challenges and/or have received a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. If you are asking yourself, “does my child struggle with a development disorder,” the expert team at our center is here to help.

I can't overstate how happy I am. My Son is back to be being the same well-behaved boy that we used to know. Their therapists are amazing and I never thought that I would see such a positive change in him. I feel like I have my family back.

– Anonymous Parent