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Children’s Birthday Parties @ Ignite the Senses Gym, Bluffton SC

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Ignite the Senses Sensory Gym Birthday Parties Bluffton Hilton Head Have your child’s next birthday party @ Ignite the Senses children’s sensory gym in Bluffton SC

Ignite the Senses offers a a safe, fun indoor environment with a zipline, trampoline, multiple slides and swings, jungle gym, climbing walls & more.

The mission @ Ignite the Senses: to ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, Ignite the Senses aims to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with autism in and around the Lowcountry. Children with autism and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Offerings @ Ignite the Senses include:

* art and music programs/classes
* special camps during the summer and school holidays throughout the year
* children’s birthdays and special events
* support group gatherings monthly for local families with children who have autism.

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TODDLER TIME

Every Wednesday 10AM-Noon. Bring your little ones in to meet some new friends while having a ball. Your payoff will be at home later when your toddler goes down easily for a nap thanks to Toddler Time.

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SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Fri. Sept. 30 5-7PM for a Special Needs Support Group.
This group will allow parents of special needs children a place to receive support and compassion from other parents dealing with the same situations. A place to vent, exchange tips, and provide a sense of peace to one another.

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GYM HOURS

Open 7 days a week
Mon-Fri: 9AM-6PM
Sat: 10AM-3PM
Sun: 10AM-3PM

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LOCATION

Ignite the Senses Gym
163 Bluffton Road
Suite C1
Bluffton, SC. 29910
(843) 757-0179
Email: info@ignitethesensesgym.com

Ignite the Senses, www.ignitethesensesgym.com. Stay connected by liking Ignite the Senses on Facebook here . Ignite the Senses is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Ignite the Senses children’s sensory gym now open in Bluffton, SC

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Ignite the Senses Sensory Gym Bluffton SCA children’s sensory gym is now open in Bluffton, SC.

Ignite the Senses children’s gym provides a safe and fun indoor environment for all children including children with autism as well as typical children.

The mission @ Ignite the Senses: to ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, Ignite the Senses aims to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with autism in and around the Lowcountry. Children with autism and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Offerings @ Ignite the Senses include:

* art and music programs/classes
* special camps during the summer and school holidays throughout the year
* children’s birthdays and special events
* support group gatherings monthly for local families with children who have autism.

Open 7 days a week
Mon-Fri: 9AM-6PM
Sat: 10AM-3PM
Sun: 10AM-3PM

Ignite the Senses Gym
163 Bluffton Road
Suite C1
Bluffton, SC. 29910
(843) 757-0179

Ignite the Senses, www.ignitethesensesgym.com. Stay connected by liking Ignite the Senses on Facebook here . Ignite the Senses is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

2016 Fall TOPSoccer program for children with disabilities, Savannah

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

TopSoccer Savannah

The TOPSoccer program in Savannah provides young players with disabilities an opportunity to discover a love for soccer.

Registration for Fall 2016 TOPSoccer is now open. Sessions start on Sept. 24 and take place at the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex in Savannah.

Register now here. 

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About TOPSoccer

US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization, started The Outreach Program for Soccer or TOPSoccer in 1991 to provide young players with different abilities an environment filled with meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer.

Coaches and volunteers will work on simple coordination, ball familiarity, listening skills, teamwork and hopefully plant the seed for a lifetime of soccer enjoyment. With one session a week, TOPSoccer is a safe, caring, and fun environment which focuses on the fundamentals of the ’beautiful game’.

For questions, contact Program Director Ciara Thomas at c.thomas@savannahunited.com. To register, click here. 

Surfers for Autism 6th Annual Coastal Empire Beach Festival, Oct. 15

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Surfers for Autism 2016 Savannah Tybee Here’s a chance for Savannah-area children with special needs to be introduced to the sport of surfing: Surfers for Autism 6TH ANNUAL COASTAL EMPIRE BEACH FESTIVAL 2016.

At a Surfers For Autism event, children and young adults within the autism spectrum are provided a safe, fun, judgement free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves.

Participants enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, fire engine tours and much more. Lunch is also provided, all at no cost to registered participants,their families & volunteers.

FREE SURFERS FOR AUTISM 6TH ANNUAL COASTAL EMPIRE BEACH FESTIVAL
9AM-4PM Sat. Oct. 15 2016
Tybee Beach Pier
Tybee Is. GA

For registration info, click here. Registration opens 10AM Aug. 31.

On Facebook here. 

Sensory Soft Sunday for children with special needs, Savannah

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

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Savannah Children’s Museum will host Sensory Soft Sundays on select Sundays 9-11AM. This is a unique offering for families with children who have special needs.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to Sensory Soft Sunday. Savannah Children’s Museum will open their doors two hours early so guests can explore and enjoy the museum with less concern regarding crowds and loud noises.

The number of attendees is limited, so secure your spot today by contacting jpaterson@chsgeorgia.org.

What: Sensory Soft Sundays
When: Sept. 18 and Oct. 9,  9-11AM
Where: Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA 31401
Cost: $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older (FREE for CHS members!)

Tickets are $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months, free for members.

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 912.651.6823 Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Sensory Soft Sunday for children with special needs, Savannah

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Savannah Children’s Museum will host Sensory Soft Sunday Sun. July 17 & Sun. Aug. 14 2016, 9-11AM as a unique offering for families with children who have special needs.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to Sensory Soft Sunday. Savannah Children’s Museum will open their doors two hours early so guests can explore and enjoy the museum with less concern regarding crowds and loud noises.

The number of attendees is limited, so secure your spot today by contacting jpaterson@chsgeorgia.org. Tickets: $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months.

What: Sensory Soft Sunday
When: Sunday, July 17 & Sunday Aug. 14 2016, 9-11AM
Where: Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA 31401
Cost: $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older (FREE for CHS members!)

Tickets are $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months, free for members.

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 912.651.6823 Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Bug Fest, Daily Programs & More @ Savannah Children’s Museum

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Spring Fun @ Savannah Children's Museum

Bug Fest is coming in May. Save the date: Bug Fest 2016 will be Sat. May 28 @ Savannah Children’s Museum.

Savannah Children’s Museum also offers daily programs that are included in the purchase of your museum pass and free for members. Check out the list of daily programs for April and May below.

Sundays:
Wednesdays through Saturdays: 
Rockstar Reading at 11:30AM
Rockstar Reading at 10:30AM
Awesome Art at 12:30PM
Awesome Art at 11:30PM
Family Fitness at 1:30PM
Family Fitness at 12:30PM
Super Science at 2:30PM
Super Science at 1:30PM

School Year Hours

Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm
Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Summer Hours

On Mon. May 30, Savannah Children’s Museum will be open & will officially begin their summer hours. Enjoy SCM all summer long, Monday – Saturday: 9AM-2PM (closed Sundays) through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Upcoming Coastal Heritage Society Events
Diesel Train Rides at GSRM
Take a site tour by rail and learn about the impact the Central of Georgia Railroad had on Savannah and the Southeast.
WHEN: Wednesdays – Sundays in May
COST:  Rides included in general admission, only $2 members!
Bug Fest at SCM
Come enjoy the most Bug-tastic celebration of the year!
All ages will enjoy the activities, specimens, and special surprise guests that we have in store for the day.
WHEN: Saturday, May 28th
COST:  Free for members!
Special Program at OFJ
Explore the daily life of a soldier, while uncovering stories about the many individuals and units once stationed here.
Participate in a variety of activities appropriate for all ages, including marching, battle reenactments, heavy artillery drill and musket and cannon demonstrations.
WHEN: May 28th – 30th

WHERE: 

COST: 

 Free for members!

 

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Smart Start Nutrition Program series, each focusing on different aspects of a healthy lifestyle. 

Free for members or included with the cost of admission.

The focus is on physical activity & how to make smart choices about the energy we consume. There will be art, movement & literacy activities incorporated into the program & you’ll finish with a healthy snack. The whole family is encouraged to attend & participate.

The Perfect Portion 

Sunday, May 22, 12pm & 2pm

Learn that you can eat ALL foods; it’s the amount and frequency that matter so that we get the nutrients to grow up strong!

See more here. 

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Sensory Soft Sundays for children with special needs

Savannah Children’s Museum will once again offer Sensory Soft Sunday on select Sundays throughout the year. Museum doors open early from 9AM- 11AM to families who have children with special needs or autism. Sensory Soft Sunday allows these families to make local connections and explore the SCM space without a crowd.

The number of attendees is limited, so please contact Jessica Paterson for pre-registration via email jpaterson@chsgeorgia.org

Cost

Tickets are $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months and free for members.

Upcoming dates include: May 15 & June 12.

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 912.651.6823 Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Sensory Soft Sunday for children with special needs, Savannah

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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Savannah Children’s Museum will host Sensory Soft Sunday Sun. May 15 2016, 9-11AM as a unique offering for families with children who have special needs.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to Sensory Soft Sunday. Savannah Children’s Museum will open their doors two hours early so guests can explore and enjoy the museum with less concern regarding crowds and loud noises.

The number of attendees is limited, so secure your spot today by contacting jpaterson@chsgeorgia.org. Tickets: $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months.

What: Sensory Soft Sunday
When: Sunday, May 15 2016 from 9 am to 11 am
Where: Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA 31401
Cost: $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older (FREE for CHS members!)

Tickets are $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months, free for members. Upcoming dates include: June 12th,  July 17th,  and  August 14th.

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 912.651.6823 Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Savannah Community Event: Dr. Temple Grandin

Monday, January 25th, 2016

 

Dr. Temple Grandin to speak in Savannah 2016 autism

UPDATE: The event featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin is sold-out. 

On Feb 11-12, The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) will host the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world.

Her life, with all its challenges and successes, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She also speaks on both autism and cattle handling.

Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” She also authored “Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships”; “Animals Make Us Human”; “Animals in Translation”; “Thinking in Pictures”; and “Emergence: Labeled Autistic.”

Savannah Community Event featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin
“Different Kinds of Minds”
Followed by book signing
(Books will be available for purchase)
7pm Friday, Feb. 12 2016
Coastal Georgia Center
305 Fahm St. Savannah, GA 31401

Tickets: $20

To purchase tickets, click here.

Veterans’ Day soldier demos, cannon firings @ Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Veterans Day demos Savannah Old Fort Jackson In addition to Savannah Children’s Museum, Coastal Heritage Society membership allows you to enjoy Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Old Fort Jackson, and Pin Point Heritage Museum. Each unique site offers an array of family-friendly programs throughout the year. Here’s what’s coming up:

Guardians of Savannah: The Men Who Occupied Fort Jackson at Old Fort Jackson on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11 2015:

Bring your kids to honor individuals who have or who currently serve in our Armed Forces. Their service is tied to the heritage of those who served at Fort Jackson.  Witness the firing of one of the largest and oldest cannon still being fired in the U.S. today, a 32 Pounder Seacoast Gun cast in 1824.  Take part in a host of family-friendly activities and demonstrations to remember many of the individuals and units in the American, British, Confederate, and Union armies that served at Fort Jackson. Nov. 11 2015 at Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Road, Savannah, GA (912.232.3945).

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loyalists liberty Savannah History Museum Loyalists & Liberty: A Revolutionary War Experience at Savannah History Museum, certain Friday & Saturdays in November:
The story of Savannah’s role in the American Revolution comes alive. This hands-on family-friendly experience starts in Savannah History Museum, where you will learn about Savannah at the time of the Revolution, conditions of a soldier in the American militia, and events leading up to the 1779 Battle of Savannah. The program concludes on Battlefield Memorial Park with musket firing demonstrations, while you join in our reenactment of the militia attack on this British fortification.

This experimental program is offered on select days including Nov. 13 & 14; Nov. 20 & 21; Nov. 27 & 28 at 10:30AM, 12:00PM, 1:30PM and 3PM. For more information, call 912.651.6840 x 303.

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Sensory Soft Sunday for children with autism Savannah Savannah Children’s Museum will continue to host Sensory Soft Sunday as a unique offering for families with children who have special needs. Savannah Children’s Museum will open from 9-11am on Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 to provide these families an opportunity to make connections while enjoying SCM’s many exhibits in a sensory friendly way.

Through discussions with the special needs community, Savannah Children’s Museum discovered that there are few offerings of this kind in the region. Museum staff feel it is especially important to provide all children, regardless of age or ability, an opportunity to experience all that Savannah Children’s Museum has to offer.

The goal of Sensory Soft Sunday: provide an exclusive time period for the families of children with special needs in order to reduce anxiety and overstimulation that can occur when the museum is open to the general public. The trains at Georgia State Railroad Museum, our adjacent facility, will not operate during this exclusive time period, to eliminate the sound of whistles.

To promote a calm atmosphere, the number of attendees is limited. The staffing, however, is not reduced so families may have increased staff interaction as desired or needed. A designated ‘quiet zone’ is located in the orange caboose at Savannah Children’s Museum.

Pre-registration for Sensory Soft Sunday is required and payment is due upon arrival. To register, email Liz Stratford at Lstratford@chsgeorgia.org.

Cost: $7.50 per person over 18 months, free for Coastal Heritage Society Members
Time: 9am-11am on the following Sundays: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13
Location: Savannah Children’s Museum 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401

Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Sensory Soft Sunday for families with children who have special needs, Savannah Children’s Museum

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Sensory Soft Sunday for children with autism Savannah Savannah Children’s Museum will continue to host Sensory Soft Sunday as a unique offering for families with children who have special needs. Savannah Children’s Museum will open from 9-11am on Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 to provide these families an opportunity to make connections while enjoying SCM’s many exhibits in a sensory friendly way.

Through discussions with the special needs community, Savannah Children’s Museum discovered that there are few offerings of this kind in the region. Museum staff feel it is especially important to provide all children, regardless of age or ability, an opportunity to experience all that Savannah Children’s Museum has to offer.

The goal of Sensory Soft Sunday: provide an exclusive time period for the families of children with special needs in order to reduce anxiety and overstimulation that can occur when the museum is open to the general public. The trains at Georgia State Railroad Museum, our adjacent facility, will not operate during this exclusive time period, to eliminate the sound of whistles.

To promote a calm atmosphere, the number of attendees is limited. The staffing, however, is not reduced so families may have increased staff interaction as desired or needed. A designated ‘quiet zone’ is located in the orange caboose at Savannah Children’s Museum.

Pre-registration for Sensory Soft Sunday is required and payment is due upon arrival. To register, email Liz Stratford at Lstratford@chsgeorgia.org.

Cost: $7.50 per person over 18 months, free for Coastal Heritage Society Members
Time: 9am-11am on the following Sundays: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13
Location: Savannah Children’s Museum 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 912.651.6823 Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest, Tybee Is.

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Surfers for autism Tybee 2015Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest
9AM-4PM Sept. 12 2015

At a Surfers For Autism event, our surfers are provided a safe, fun, judgement free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. Our surfers and their families are treated like rock stars and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, fire engine tours and much more. A catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost to registered participants, their families and volunteers.

This is a very special day where children with developmental delays interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities.

Registration for participants is now full and on a waiting list.
Registration for volunteers is still open.
Details here.

New parenting guide book “Baby Care Anywhere” by Savannah pediatricians Dr. Keith Seibert & Dr. Ben Spitalnick

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Baby Care Anywhere book Savannah pediatricians

Congratulations Savannah pediatricians Dr. Keith Seibert and Dr. Ben Spitalnick on their new book “Baby Care Anywhere” – a quick guide to parenting on the go. The book comes out July 7.

This portable pocket covers 150 of new parents’ most frequent questions and concerns including jaundice, diaper rash, earaches, immunizations, sleep, reflux, fever, and picking a pediatrician.  It’s available for pre-order on Amazon here.

Dr. Spitalnick will be live on SiriusXM Wed. July 1 11AM-Noon on Ch 81 talking about the book.

The book launches July 7 @ Amazon, Target, Walmart, Nook, Kindle, Kroger & more.

Baby Care Anywhere book Savannah  Dr. Keith Seibert Dr. Ben SpitalnickLearn about their upcoming book signings by following these two beloved Savannah physicians by liking their Facebook page here  & following them on Twitter here. 

Not surprisingly, Dr. Seibert & Dr. Spitalnick are on the SouthernMamas.com list of  best Savannah pediatricians here – a helpful list for those of you who are new to the area or who are new parents.

 

Sensory Soft Sunday for children with special needs, Savannah Children’s Museum, June 28

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Sensory Soft Sunday Savannah Children's Museum

Sensory Soft Sunday is a new offering at Savannah Children’s Museum that’s exclusively for families with children that have special needs. Learn more here. 

Savannah Children’s Museum will open from 9am to 11am on June 28th to provide these families an opportunity to make connections while enjoying our many exhibits in a sensory-friendly way.

The number of attendees is limited, and pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Sensory Soft Sunday is our regular admission of $7.50 per person over the age of 18 months.

Registration required. Register by clicking here. 

Email info@savannahchildrensmuseum.org with any questions.

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org, 912.651.6823 Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Quiet time & free photo with Easter Bunny for children with autism or other disabilities, sensory issues, 3/28, Savannah Mall

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny Savannah Mall

This Saturday March 28, 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 March 28 2015.

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.

March is Autistic Awareness Month. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most recent data suggests an average of one in 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. Autistic children’s senses 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.

For more local Easter 2015 events including Easter Egg hunts in Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Is., click here.

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

Savannah-Area Autism program: Now enrolling for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Autism support help therapy Savannah

The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication in Jesup, Ga. is now enrolling Sessions 1-4 of their Early Intervention Program for ages 3 and 4.

The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication provides Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Therapy services for individuals ages 18 months to 22 years diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related social learning challenges.

The Howard Center also provides training, consultation, and evaluation services for schools, agencies, and organizations.

Sarah Murphy, BCBA is an in-network provider for Tricare’s Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration and is an approved ABA provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Aetna Behavioral Health, and Optum/United Behavioral Health.

2015-2016 Session Schedule
Half-Day Program

Session 1
Aug. 8 2015-Sept. 25 2015
Mon.-Fri. 8AM-Noon

Session 2
Sept. 28-Nov. 20 2015
Mon.-Fri. 8AM-Noon

Session 3
Jan. 4-Feb. 26 2016
Mon.-Fri. 8AM-Noon

Session 4
Feb. 29-April 29 2016
Mon.-Fri. 8AM-Noon

Snacks provided. Karate instruction provided two days a week. Transportation provided to and from World Class Karate.

For questions call (912)385-2927 or visit  www.thehowardcenterforscc.com.

Connect with The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication on Facebook here.

The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication, 1316 West Orange St.
Jesup, 31545 (912)385-2927, email info@thehowardcenterforscc.com  www.thehowardcenterforscc.com The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.