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Mommy & Me music: Register for Kindermusik May classes, Savannah

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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Kindermusik May themes are under way in Savannah, but it’s not too late to join in the musical fun!

Ages 0’s and 1’s: Meet at 9:30am on Mondays for “MAMA GOOSE” to celebrate the joys, rhymes and rhythms of all your favorite nursery rhymes.

Ages: 2’s and 3’s: Meet at 10:20am on Mondays for “Colors and Shapes on the Farm”.

Ongoing online registration is available ANYTIME from www.88keysga.com (click on the Kindermusik tab) or call 912.988.KEYS (5397).

May 19 Playdate

There’s still room for you at Kindermusik’s May playdate: May 19, 11:10am. Playdate is open to children ages 0-7 Theme will be “Trains, Brains and Musical Strains” and will be centered around a train theme. ALL ABOARD!

FREE CLASSES FOR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

88 KEYS PIANO is offering a FREE SCHOLARSHIP for the month of June to attend Kindermusik classes.

One winner will be selected for this scholarship for a child with special needs, which includes TOTALLY free tuition and materials for June’s classes. If you have or know a child with special needs that you think would benefit from Kindermusik classes, please email music@88keysga.com and ask for a scholarship application. Deadline: Friday, May 30. Child must be ages 0-3 and must be able to attend classes on Mondays beginning June 9. Any special needs will be considered (learning, hearing, physical disability, etc.).

Kindermusik Savannah, email music@88keysga.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397), www.88keysga.com then click on Kindermusik link. Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Quiet time & free photo with Easter Bunny for children with autism or other disabilities, sensory issues, 4/12, Savannah Mall

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny Savannah Mall This Saturday April 12, the Caring Bunny will greet families at the lower level of Center Court in the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St.

With an atmosphere free from bright, flashing lights, or high-energy music, all children with different abilities are invited to meet Caring Bunny at this free event from 8-10 AM April 12 2014.

Children with autism have senses that can be oversensitive or under-developed, which affects how they experience different environments, making background noises unbearably loud or confusing. This can cause anxiety or even physical pain.

Savannah Mall’s Caring Bunny greets children in a calm environment, in an effort to make the Easter Bunny experience enjoyable for everyone. In addition, families will be given a 5 x 7 photograph from the visit and a complimentary ride on the children’s train.

For more local Easter 2014 events including Easter Egg hunts in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill & Hilton Head Is., click here.

Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street, www.savannahmall.com , 912-927-7467. The Savannah Mall is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Stroller Strong Moms host a GLOW IN THE DARK Virtual 5K run/walk for Autism, Savannah

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Stoller Strong Moms in Savannah plans to host a glow in the dark virtual run/walk on Sunday night, APRIL 6TH AT 7:30 PM to benefit Autism Speaks.

Cost is $20 and 100% of proceeds go to Autism Speaks.

This is the Virtual Run for the race that is being hosted by Stroller Strong Moms of Columbus on April 18th, 2014.

 WHO IS READY TO LIGHT UP SAVANNAH BLUE?! Don’t forget to sign up for the most fun GLOW IN THE DARK Virtual Run you will ever participate in! Awesome prizes for those who bring the largest group. TONS OF BLUE GLOW WILL BE PROVIDED.  Click the link below to register and then show up at Forsyth Park at 7:30PM on Sunday the 6th with your printable bib.
Or just show up with cash or check and we will hand you a bib! You will receive a t-shirt in the mail too! Ready…..GO! http://lightupcolumbus.org/virtual-glow-runwalk/
Click here to see the event and let Stroller Strong Moms know you are coming:  https://www.facebook.com/events/515405495247156/

For more information, email info@strollerstrongmoms.com

Stroller Strong Moms, 12 East Park Ave. Savannah, 31401, email info@strollerstrongmoms.com , www.strollerstrongmoms.com Stroller Strong Moms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Stroller Strong Moms host a GLOW IN THE DARK Virtual 5K run/walk for Autism, Savannah

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Autism awareness Savannah 1 in 88 Children is diagnosed with Autism.

Stoller Strong Moms in Savannah plans to to help Autism Speaks figure out why!

In Columbus, GA, Stroller Strong Moms will host a race to benefit Autism Speaks. There is a Virtual Run option for those who do not live near Columbus. Savannah is on board with the Virtual Run! On FRIDAY, MARCH 28TH AT 7:30PM AT FORSYTH PARK, Stroller Strong Moms will host a GLOW IN THE DARK Virtual 5K run/walk for Autism. All the blue glow you can imagine will be PROVIDED.

Participants are asked to follow the link below to register for the virtual run. Once registered they will receive confirmation and a printable bib. They will also be mailed a race t-shirt on April 19th, the day after the race in Columbus!

Registration is only $20 and ALL of the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks!

To register for the virtual run, click here .

There will be HUGE PRIZES for the participants who get the most amount of friends and family to sign up (near or far). Click here for the Facebook event for Light Up Savannah for Autism & please let Stroller Strong Moms know if you are coming!

Stroller Strong Moms looks forward to having you all at this event.

Let’s light up SAVANNAH blue for Autism!

For more information, email info@strollerstrongmoms.com

Stroller Strong Moms, 12 East Park Ave. Savannah, 31401, email info@strollerstrongmoms.com , www.strollerstrongmoms.com Stroller  Strong Moms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Introduction to CarnioSacral Therapy Workshop for parents & therapists, Pooler

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Ranicki Chiropractic PoolerYou’re invited to a half-day informative and hands on workshop for both therapists and parents wanting to learn the beginnings of cranial sacral therapy on Sat. April 5 @ Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center in Pooler.

ShareCare is a one day seminar that teaches techniques to relieve pain and promote relaxation. ShareCare is based upon the therapeutic teachings of Dr. John E. Upledger. ShareCare explains how proper nutrition and exercise serve as preventative formulas for good health, and combines that with the hands-on instruction in basic CranioSacral Therapy techniques of therapeutic touching.

Cost: $85 in advance ( by 3/15/2014); $100 after 3/15/14.

Registration information here. For more information, please call: CareShare at 866.522.7725

Parent Skill-Building Workshop in Pooler: Tips for Parenting a Child with Behavior & Communication Challenges, Savannah

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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Children with disruptive behaviors and/or communication challenges can be much more difficult to parent.

Over time you may feel that your current parenting style has become less effective and feel unable to manage your child’s behavior. Kids react to parents, parents react to kids, and over time both create more coercive behaviors toward each other. Because of the continuing struggle, as a parent you may lower your expectations and/or stop paying attention.

Parent training available in Pooler works to make corrections now. It helps to stabilize the home situation and prepares your child for a successful peer interactions too. This training provides proactive strategies that you can take home and use immediately as well as provide a better understanding as to why these power struggles occur.

With training, you will learn how to interact with your children without power struggles. Learn how to reward appropriate behaviors, and create expectations that shift the pattern.

Please click here to register for the Parent Skill-Building Workshop in Pooler.

Register now by clicking here.
$10 per person
$20 per couple

Your workshop leader is Jennifer McGee, Ed.D, LPC. Jennifer has more than 15 years experience working in the special needs community and working with children who experience behavior, communication and anxiety challenges.

Dr. Jennifer McGee provides individual and family counseling for children and adults; she also provides social skill group therapies.

If you have questions about the workshop or would like to schedule for individual counseling or social skills groups, please contact the office by phone or email.
Contact: Jennifer Ranicki
The Mindspring Center
jennifer@mindspringcenter.com
912-748-6463

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Is your child struggling with peer relationships, expressing emotions? Consider Social Skills Group Therapy in Pooler

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Call today to set up your child’s assessment for MindSpring Center’s January Social Skills Groups. The January Social Skills Groups will begin the second week of January. For more information on what Social Skills Group Therapy is click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Quiet time & free photo with Santa for children with disabilities, sensory issues, 12/7, Savannah Mall

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Quiet time with Santa for children with disabilities, sensory issues Santa will be available for visits and pictures for children with disabilities or sensory issues 8-10 AM on Saturday, Dec. 7

During quiet time with Santa, Savannah Mall  will turn off the overhead music and lights and create a quiet environment so children can enjoy Santa without the overstimulating effects of a normal shopping crowd. Children will also receive a free 5 x 7 photo with Santa.

This event is ideal for children with Down syndrome, autism, sensory issues and other disabilities.

Information on photo package pricing may be found here .

The Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn Street, www.savannahmall.com , 912-927-7467. The Savannah Mall is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

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Social Skills Group Therapy in Pooler for children struggling with peer relationships, expressing emotions, self-control

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Is your child struggling with peer relationships, making and keeping friends, expressing emotions or self control? Social Skills Group Therapy is available at Mindspring Center in Pooler.

Call today to set up your assessment. Assessments for the January Social Skills Groups ends December 19th. The January Social Skills Groups will begin the second week of January. For more information on what Social Skills Group Therapy is click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Screening of The United States of Autism documentary in Savannah, 10/13

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

United States of Autism in Savannah

1 in 88 children in America have an autism diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Are you the parent, aunt, sibling, uncle or teacher of a child with autism?

If so, please make plans to attend a one-night screening of The United States of Autism movie in Savannah, Wednesday, Nov. 13 7-8:30 PM in Savannah at Carmike 10 – Savannah. Cost. $11 General

Reserve Your Tickets here. 59 more people are needed to make reservations before Nov. 6 in order for this event to happen.

About “The United States of Autism”

Follow one man’s 11,000 mile, 40 day journey across the American landscape to visit twenty families and individuals affected by autism while searching for answers for his own son. With interviews from around the nation that include the widest spectrum of backgrounds – each conducted in the participants’ original language – the film weaves a broad and compelling tapestry across the spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, and cultures. What he learns along the way will change not only his life, but the lives of those he meets, forever. It’s a story about the best days that still lie ahead for our nation, the families, and the people who give America its heart.

More info here.

Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah specializes in pregnancy, infants, pediatrics & family care

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Bright Life Chiropractic specializes in Pregnancy, Infants, Pediatrics, and Family Care In SavannahThe team at Bright Life Chiropractic is on a mission to help create one of the healthiest communities in the world right here in Savannah. Come learn how they can help with health concerns such as asthma, allergies, ADHD, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, colic, chronic fatigue, ear infections, fibromyalgia, hypertension, migraines, infertility, thyroid imbalances, neurosensory integration disorders and more.

Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah specializes in pregnancy, infants, pediatrics and family care.

Dr. Samantha Hornick and Dr. Jared Brown at Bright Life Chiropractic are Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

At Bright Life Chiropractic, Dr. Jared Brown and Dr. Samantha Hornick assist people in gaining victory in their health by offering cutting-edge chiropractic corrective care in Savannah’s most state-of-the-art chiropractic health care facility. Dr. Jared and Dr. Samantha focus on setting people free from their current conditions so they may live their lives to their fullest potential.

Dr. Jared Brown and Dr. Samantha Hornick provide specific, scientific neurologically based chiropractic care for you and you family!

Bright Life Chiropractic, 2 Park of Commerce Blvd. Suite D, Savannah 31405, 912.777.3717, info@brightlifechiropractic.com , www.BrightLifeChiropractic.com

Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants to Help with Colic, Torticollis, Ear Infections & So Much More

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

 

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Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants is important to their development. The top 5 reasons Children and Infants should see a Chiropractor are:

1. Immune Function (Reducing the incidence of colds, ear aches, and flues)

2. ADD//ADHD (Helping with attention and behavior without the use of medicine)

3. Autism

4. Asthma and/or Allergies

5. Scoliosis

For more information on Children and Chiropractic Care click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser for Surfers for Autism, Savannah

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Surfers for Autism Savannah Tybee September 20132013 brings Tybee Island’s 3rd Annual Surfers for Autism event.

Salt2Sand Surf Co. is looking to host the 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament and Fundraiser for the Surfers for Autism Organization.

On August 11th, 2013, North Beach Grill is assisting in hosting this fundraiser. Registration for the tournament will be promptly at 12:30 PM. The Cornhole Tournament will begin at 1 PM on August 11, 2013 and local favorites Domino Effect, Kota Mundi and The Trains Wrecks will jam all afternoon until 5 PM.

In addition to the Cornhole Tournament, tons of items will be included in the silent auction, ranging from custom art work to hand crafted clothing and jewelry.

This event and tournament is designed to raise money for the Surfers For Autism Organization. This is a fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds raised by Salt2Sand Surf Co. will go directly to the Surfers for Autism Organization. Cornhole teams will be two-person teams. Buy-in for the event is $50 per team. Winners will win a “STAYCATION” for 3 nights on Tybee Island.

This is a family friendly event and the public is welcome. Surfers For Autism brings so much to the community every September with their annual event by the pier that Salt2Sand Surf Co. wanted a chance to give back to their organization! This year’s event will be held on September 7, 2013. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun, music, sun and fundraising.

RSVP to the event thru Salt2Sand Surf Co on Facebook. http://salt2sand.com/blog/27/

My Smart Hands baby sign language classes now available in Savannah to help boost verbal skills & prepare for preschool

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

My Smart Hands baby sign language classes to boost verbal development now available in SavannahImagine communicating with your baby before he or she can even speak. Baby sign language reduces frustration, accelerates verbal development and strengthens cognitive skills. It also enhances child-parent bonding through time spent teaching signs to your baby.

Research shows that pre-verbal infants can communicate through the use of sign language long before they can verbalize their needs. For example, an NIH funded study compared two groups of 11 month old babies. One group was taught baby sign language. The second group was given verbal training. Overall it proved to be the signing babies who were more advanced talkers. A follow up when the babies were 2 years old found that the signers continued to be more verbal. The signing children tested approximately 3 months ahead of the non-signers at 2 years old.*

The authors of the NIH study, followed up with the children at 8 years old. Surprisingly, there was still a difference. Signers showed IQ’s 12 points higher than the non-signers, even though they had long since stopped signing. This put the signers in the top-25% of eight year olds, compared to the non-signers who were close to average.**

My Smart Hands is an international, award winning, 100% ASL program designed to teach sign language to pre-verbal infants and young children. My Smart Hands not only recognizes the value of giving children the gift of self-expression, they also know that baby signing is FUN!

The My Smart Hands program is designed to engage both the minds and the giggles of their students.

My Smart Hands is now available in Savannah! My Smart Hands offers 4 to 8 week classes as well as weekend workshops. The cost ranges from $75 to $130 and includes all handbooks and materials. Evening classes are available and dates, times and locations are determined by consultation with, and consideration for the needs of students.

Want to join My Smart Hands? See the Savannah My Smart Hands website  by clicking here for detailed information on the courses themselves, to contact My Smart Hands with any questions or to sign up. So go ahead, take a peek! Sign up for a few giggles for you and your little one. My Smart Hands can’t wait to meet you!

Please “like” My Smart Hands in Savannah on Facebook by clicking here to stay connected.

My Smart Hands, www.mysmarthandswithsundi.com, On Facebook here, My Smart Hands is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

* Susan W. Goodwyn, Linda P. Acredolo and Catherine A. Brown. Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 24, 81-103 (2000).

** Linda P. Acredolo, and Susan W. Goodwyn, The Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy on IQ at Age 8, International Conference on Infant Studies (July 18, 2000: Brighton, UK)

Easter 2013: Accessible Talking Easter Egg Hunt, Savannah

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Accessible Easter Egg Hunt with Talking Eggs in SavannahAttention parents of children with special needs: Bring the kids to a Talking Easter Egg Hunt in Savannah.

This is a an accessible hunt features eggs that talk, laugh, make nose as kids try to find them. Open the eggs up to see the
cute bunny or baby chick say, “You found me!

The hunt is presented by Living Indepedence for Everyone (LIFE): 10:30-11:30 AM Sat. March 23, 2013 at the LIFE, Inc. Courtyard, 5105 Paulsen Ave., Savannah, 31405.

RSVP by March 19 to let organizers know how many children you are bringing & if you need accommodations such as a sign language interpreter or materials in an alternative format such as Braille.

This hunt is for children ages 5-12 & their families.

The hunt can accommodate up to 25 kids. Please bring your own baskets. RSVP to Denise Howard at LIFE, 912-920-2414, email dhoward@lifecil.com TTY: 912-920-2419

Planning an Easter Party?

Do you have an upcoming event where LIFE’s talking eggs would really make a hit? These eggs assist not only blind and visually impaired children, but are fun for all.

The eggs keep calling until they are found and your child opens the egg.

Just call or email Denise Howard at LIFE to get the scoop about renting these unique fun eggs. Discounts available for large quantity rentals. Tel: 912-920-2414, email dhoward@lifecil.com .

The mission of Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc. is to level the playing field for people with disabilities in order to create a world in which EVERYONE can fully participate. Be sure to visit LIFE or become a friend on FaceBook.

FOR MORE LOCAL EASTER EGG HUNTS & KID-FRIENDLY EASTER EVENTS , CLICK HERE.

Quiet time with the Easter Bunny for children with sensory issues, Oglethorpe Mall, Savannah

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Quiet Time with Easter Bunny at Oglethorpe MallThe Easter Bunny will be available for pictures for children with sensory issues at 9-10 AM on Saturday, March 23.

During Quiet Time with the Easter Bunny, Oglethorpe Mall will turn off the overhead music and children can enjoy with the Bunny without the overstimulating effects of a normal shopping crowd.

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9 until 10 AM.

Information on photo package pricing may be found here .

Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn Extension, Savannah, 31406

FOR MORE LOCAL EASTER EGG HUNTS & KID-FRIENDLY EASTER EVENTS & , CLICK HERE.

Sibshop – for Siblings of Children with Special Needs, Feb. 16, Savannah

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism will be hosting a Sibshop on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 from 10am-2pm at The Chatham Academy.

This Sibshop is a FUN interactive workshop for kids ages 8-13 who have a sibling with special needs.

Limited Space available. The cost of the workshop is $10 and includes all materials and lunch. There are a limited amount of scholarships available on a first come, first serve basis.

This is an extra special opportunity since this workshop will be led by Don Meyer, the founder of Sibshops. This will serve as a demonstratioin workshop for professionals who are learning to plan and facilitate their own Sibshops. The Matthew Reardon Center is very excited to be learning from him and to host more Sibshops in our area in the future.

Lunch will be provided to the kids during the Sibshop. If your child has a food allergy or dietary restrictions it may be best for them to bring a lunch from home.

If you have questions or need more information contact Jennifer McGee, LPC at jennifermcgee@matthewreardon.org  or 912.355.9098

Chatham Academy, 4 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd, Savannah, 31416, http://savannahsibshop.eventbrite.com/#

Kids’ Yoga Classes at Ganesha’s Place, Savannah’s therapeutic yoga studio

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Check out the upcoming kids’ yoga classes at Ganesha’s Place, Savannah’s new therapeutic yoga studio! Two different yoga for kids classes are available: one for ages 3-5 & one for ages 7 & older. Both are inclusive classes designed to bring yoga to kids in an enjoyable, accessible way.

Enrollment will be limited, so please enroll early. Registration ends Fri. Dec. 21, 2012. Classes start Jan. 5, 2013!

To register or more information, (912)665-4199 or www.ganeshasplace.com

Ganesha’s Place offers a variety of therapeutic classes including yoga for special needs kids, children with autism & restorative yoga for caretakers.

What we love about Ganesha’s Place is that it’s a spot to explore, heal and have fun. Ganesha’s can be a place for the whole family: you’re not required to be athletic or wear special outfits. Yoga therapy at Ganesha’s regulates and improves the balance between health and wellness without the intimidating images of body contortions and “pretzels”.

Keep up with Ganesha’s Place on Facebook here.

Ganesha’s Place, at the corner of Barnard & 40th St. @ 2323 Barnard St., 912-665-4199, http://ganeshasplace.com/ Ganesha’s Place is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Inclusive Yoga For Children, ages 7-12, Savannah

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

To register or for more info, call 912-665-4199 or click here.

Ganesha’s Place, at the corner of Barnard & 40th St. @ 2323 Barnard St., 912-665-4199, http://ganeshasplace.com/ Ganesha’s Place is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Heroes on Horseback for children with disabilities & their neurotypical siblings, Savannah/Bluffton

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Attention parents of children with autism and other disabilities: Heroes on Horseback - a therapeutic riding center located just over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge in South Carolina – offers equine assisted activities that enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Lowcountry.

HEROES ON HORSEBACK Summer Empowerment Session consists of equestrian instruction, ground lessons and time spent learning about the environment.

The riding, combined with other characteristics of the weekly session, will develop balance and coordination while building mental concentration, self-esteem and social skills.

As part of the SUMMER RESPITE PROGRAM, neurotypical siblings will be allowed to attend with the Special Needs riders, in order to give the caregiver a true RESPITE. Ask for details.

The Heroes’ instructors and volunteers are very excited because we are looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with these week-long sessions sharing fun, knowledge, and empowerment.
Weekly Empowerment Sessions available June 18th through July 20th, 2012.

For information & registration please visit www.heroesonhorseback.org  and go to the Participant Forms section. If you are currently registered with HOH, please fill out the Continuing Registration form.

Heroes on Horseback, Bluffton S.C. (843) 757-5606, www.heroesonhorseback.org

FOR MORE LOCAL SUMMER CAMPS, VISIT OUR SUMMER CAMPS 2012 PAGE by clicking here.

Savannah’s new therapeutic yoga studio Ganesha’s Place opens May 5

Friday, April 27th, 2012

ganesha's therapeutic yoga savannahWe’re so thrilled to learn about the May opening of Ganesha’s Place, which is offering a variety of therapeutic classes including yoga for special needs kids & restorative yoga for caretakers. There is such a need for something like Ganesha’s Place in Savannah.

You’re invited to the Grand Opening of Ganesha’s Place, Sat. May 5, 2012.

The ribbon cutting will be held at 11 am, followed by class demonstrations until 3 PM.
In celebration of their Grand Opening, Ganesha’s Place is offering “Bring a Friend & Get the Class Free” for all classes during the month of May. Thai Massage & Reiki sessions discounted to $75 per session.

What we love about Ganesha’s Place is that it’s spot to explore, heal and have fun. Ganesha’s can be a place for the whole family: you’re not required to be athletic or wear special outfits. Yoga therapy at Ganesha’s regulates and improves the balance between health and wellness without the intimidating images of body contortions and “pretzels”.

Keep up with Ganesha’s Place on Facebook here.

Ganesha’s Place, at the corner of Barnard & 40th St. @ 2323 Barnard St., 912-665-4199, http://ganeshasplace.com/ Ganesha’s Place is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Light it Up Blue to Support Autism Awareness on April 2

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

April is Autism Awareness Month.
April 2 is Light it up Blue for Autism! If you purchase a blue light bulb from Home Depot, they will donate $1 for Autism Awareness.
Click here to donate to the local Autism Speaks Team Bray & J, or join their team or get more info.
There has been a 600 percent increase of children diagnosed with autism. The increase is partly explained by improved diagnosis, but other factors have also contributed. The Light It Up Blue movement by Autism Speaks encourages businesses and individuals to get involved by “lighting up” blue on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, to help bring attention to the disorder. Will you light it up blue, too?

Bullying Intervention Strategies for Parents Webinar

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

You’re invited to the first Mama Time Webinar. The topic is “Bullying Intervention Strategies for Parents”.

While the Webinar is specifically for parents of children with special needs, all mothers can benefit from hearing about this topic. The webinar is free and is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday night Jan. 17 & 18! Recordings will be available for those that can’t listen that evening, but you must register for the event to listen to the recordings. Click here for more information

Mama Time, , based in Savannah, provides workshops and retreats for all mothers and expectant mothers needing some time to rest, relax, play and grow. Visit www.mamatime.net  to learn more about their other upcoming workshops and events!

Upcoming Mama Time events include:

A Jan 14 2012 retreat for Special Needs Mothers called Grieving Losses/Identifying Gifts. Details here.

A Feb 4 Autism Mama Retreat. Details here.

Mama Time, www.mamatime.net/, email information@mamatime.net Mama Time is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

TOPSoccer Winter 2012 program in Savannah for children with autism

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

An exciting Savannah Celtic soccer program for children with disabilities – including autism/aspergers – starts next week Jan. 10 2012.

TOPSoccer is an indoor soccer program that helps young players with disabilities develop, compete & achieve success according to their individual abilities.

TOPSoccer will be 7-8 PM Tuesday nights, indoors. The Winter 2012 Season will run Jan. 10-Feb. 14. Registration fee for U8 through U14 TOPSoccer is $85.

The goal of TOPSoccer – started by US Youth Soccer – is to take children from the sidelines to participating in the game!

Check the Savannah Celtic website here for more information.

If you have any questions, please email Savannah Celtic at celtic@savannahceltics.com. Savannah Celtic is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Mama Time Holidays 2011 Challenge: Unplugged for a Day, Win $100

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

We love this!

Mama Time - which provides workshops and retreats for all mothers and expectant mothers needing some time to rest, relax, play and grow – is encouraging local families to go “unplugged” for just a day during the holidays. Go unplugged for a day and you will be entered to win $100 gift card.

No TV, No Internet and no cell phones. Spend a day during this joyous holiday season doing something simple with your family and tell Mama Time about it! Submit a blog telling Mama Time about your unplugged day and a picture of you and your family by Jan. 1, 2012 and the Mama Time Team will select their favorite story to showcase on their blog here. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate to do something fun with your family.

Although only one $100 prize will be awarded, the folks at Mama Time believe that any families that take on this challenge will find the memories they will create during that simple day will make them winners as well! Email your blogs to mamatimechallange@mamatime.net  with your name and contact information.

Read more about the Unplugged for a Day Challenge for the Holiday season here.

At Mama Time, the belief is that self-care is an essential ingredient for our health and the health of our children and families

Mama Time also provides specialized workshops for :
Mothers with Children on the Autism Spectrum and Other Types of Special Needs
Military Mothers
Expectant and New Mothers
Mothers and Babies
Mothers and Daughters
Adoptive Mothers
Mothers living with Fibromylagia, Arthritis, Migraines or Other Chronic Medical Conditions
Recovering Mothers
Single Mothers
Mothers living with Depression, Anxiety or other Psychiatric Conditions
Mothers with a History of Trauma or Abuse

Workshops and Retreat topics and locations are added regularly so visit the Mama Time site often and join the Mama Time contact list and facebook page for workshop notifications

Staff at Mama Time look forward to meeting you at a Mama Time event soon. Upcoming events include:

A Jan 14 2012 retreat for Special Needs Mothers called Grieving Losses/Identifying Gifts. Details here.

A Feb 4 Autism Mama Retreat. Details here.

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Little Stories is a new Web site about early speech & language development

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

We’re all looking for resources to help our children with speech and language development.

A new Web site called Little Stories helps us do just that.

Little Stories is a community created by Savannah-area speech-language pathologist Kim Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP to offer information and support to families interested in early speech and language development. Little Stories has something for everyone, whether your child is having difficulty learning language or is learning language easily.

Little Stories wants to help you hear your child’s story!

Little Stories will be posting new information weekly, so be sure to subscribe to the blog or like Little Stories on Facebook here to get updates. You can follow Little Stories via Twitter @lilSTORIESblog.

Nathan’s Something Special Scholarship Fund Book Fair, Savannah

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Mom who won a fight for autism insurance is keynote speaker at Savannah Autism Conference 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Meet the mother of three who forced South Carolina insurance companies to cover autism.

I had the honor of interviewing attorney Lorri Unumb for a Savannah Morning News column (read it here). You , too, can meet Lorri at this Saturday’s Savannah Autism Conference 2011. She’s the keynote speaker.

All those whose lives have been touched by autism are invited to attend.

Lorri Unumb (pictured here with her 10-year-old son who has severe autism) forced insurance companies in South Carolina to cover autism and is helping other states, including Georgia, pass similar laws. Lorri is the author of the ground-breaking autism insurance legislation in South Carolina known as “Ryan’s Law,” which requires insurance companies to cover treatments for autism.

Ryan’s Law, named after Lorri’s son, states that insurance companies must provide up to $50,000 annually on behavioral therapy, up to the age of 16. The law provides coverage for various treatments, including those previously denied as “experimental.” It doesn’t, however, apply to people or companies who are self-insured, such as the Unumbs.

To date, 27 states have enacted similar statutes. Lorri is hopeful a similar bill in the works for Georgia will pass next legislative session. Read more here.

Savannah Autism Conference 2011 at Memorial University Medical Campus, 4700 Waters Ave., Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research
8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 17
For more info, call 912-748-6463 or go to www.facebook.com/themindspringcenter  and click on the autism seminar tab.

Free Braves Tickets on Autism Awareness Day, Aug. 14

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
Sun. Aug. 14 | 1:30 PM
Braves vs. Cubs

Join the Atlanta Braves and help raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Children and adults with autism may receive a free ticket with the purchase of one Terrace Pavilion ticket. Families are welcome to participate in a pre-game parade around Turner Field. A portion of all proceeds will go to support The Nathan’s Something Special Scholarship Fund, Inc. which promotes inclusion in college and adult life for students with disabilities.

ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM GET IN FREE with a paid ticket when you order tickets using the form above.

If you order tickets off the form above or email or call DAN with the Braves (on the form), The Nathan’s Something Special Scholarship Fund receives credit. That is the ONLY way the scholarship fund receives credit. If emailing, please put Nathan’s Something Special in the header.

Nathan’s Something Special Scholarship Fund is a non-profit that awards scholarship each year to attend college or vocational school to a student in Georgia that has autism or cerebral palsy. Learn more about the Nathan’s Something Special Scholarship Fund, INC, by clicking here.

Speaker Line-Up for Savannah Autism Conference 2011

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Savannah Autism Conference 2011 Register now for best ticket prices

Sat. Sept. 17, 2011, 8:15 AM to 5:30 PM at Memorial University Med Campus
4700 Waters Ave., Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research
Savannah, GA 31404

Here is the line-up of speakers for the 2011 Savannah Autism Conference:

Lorri Unumb from Autism Speaks
How to Win Friends and Influence Legislators

Dr. Steve Ranicki from Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center
Therapies that Create Lasting Neurologic Change

Katrina Laygo from Something Special Magazine
Bringing the Life to the Lifestyle of the Special Needs Parent

Dr. Toi Curry from The Mindspring Center
Understanding the Evaluation Process: Recommendations, Referrals and Everything in Between

Teresa Heard, RN from Easter Seals
Financial Aid Resources

Dr. Sheryl Kaufman from Educational Journeys
The Power of Language and How it Affects Behavior

Staci Bockmann from My Great Kid Educational Center Building a Strong IEP
Winning for your Child’s Education Rights

Sally Way from Behavior Consultation Services
ABA – What you need to know before starting a program

Jennifer McGee from The Mindspring Center
From Social Skills to Therapy: The Importance of a Counselor’s Role in the Treatment of ASD

To register and purchase tickets, call 912-748-6463, visit www.facebook.com/themindspringcenter  or click here. Please encourage any person touched by autism to attend this conference including your doctors, therapists, teachers and counselors.