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Savannah occupational therapist: Improving a child’s messy handwriting may require therapy

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Physical Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Savannah Pooler Handwriting Help

By Megan Valdivieso, an occupational therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. She sees pediatric patients in the Savannah and Pooler offices.

You may think your child’s messy handwriting will naturally improve with time and practice. But producing legible, neat handwriting often requires skilled intervention with an occupational therapist.

Handwriting is impacted by several hand skills, including hand strength and endurance, fine motor coordination, and pencil grasp. Your child’s core strength and postural stability can also play a role.

Eye-hand coordination, visual memory and visual perceptual skills also can affect handwriting. Without refined visual skills, your child will have difficulty copying off the board, recalling a visual image from memory or writing on lined paper.

Occupational therapists often take a multisensory approach to helping children improve their handwriting. This reinforces learning and allows the child’s nervous system to integrate information efficiently. They may use scented markers, shaving cream and chalk to motivate a child who struggles with traditional paper and pencil activities.

If your child’s handwriting is a problem, talk to your pediatrician about a referral to an occupational therapist. Addressing the problem early improves your child’s chances of achieving successful handwriting skills.

Megan Valdivieso is an occupational therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center (rehabinstitute.memorialhealth.com). She sees pediatric patients in the Savannah and Pooler offices. Memorial University Medical Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Free spinal screenings, infant CPR with Bright Life Chiropractic, Savannah

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Spinal Screenings Savannah babies Bright Life Chiropractic Savannah You’re invited to Adventures in Parenting Sat. Nov. 12 2016 @ Babies “R” Us in Savannah, 1-3PM.

Free spinal screenings by Bright Life Chiropractic plus free infant CPR/First Aid.

Babies “R” Us
7400 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31406
1-3PM Sat. Nov. 12 2016

Bright Life Chiropractic, www.brightlifechiropractic.com, 912-777-3717. On Facebook here. Bright Life Chiropractic is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Date Night @ Ignite the Senses children’s sensory gym, Bluffton

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Date Night Ignite Senses Sensory Gym Bluffton Hilton Head Is. Date Night for you & your sweetie thanks to Ignite the Senses children’s sensory gym in Bluffton SC

Drop off your kids @ Ignite the Senses safe, fun indoor environment with a zipline, trampoline, multiple slides and swings, jungle gym, climbing walls & more. So you can enjoy a childfree night out.

Enroll here. 

Date Night
5-8PM Oct. 21 2016
Limit: 15 children. 1st come, 1st service basis.
Sign up & payment in advance required. Enroll here. 

Learn more & download form here. 

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About Ignite the Senses

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.

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.

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. 

Adventures in Parenting @ Babies “R” Us Savannah, Oct. 15

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Baby Car Seat Advice Breast Feeding Savannah

You’re invited to Adventures in Parenting Sat. Oct. 15  2016 @ Babies “R” Us in Savannah, 1-3PM.

Bright Life Chiropractic‘s Dr. Jared Brown will offer insight on “How to Select the Right Car Seat for Your Baby.”

Dar a Luz Women’s Health Services Certified Midwife Meka Hall also will be there to offer breastfeeding advice.

Babies “R” Us
7400 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31406
1-3PM Sat. Oct. 15 2016

Bright Life Chiropractic, www.brightlifechiropractic.com, 912-777-3717. On Facebook here. Bright Life Chiropractic is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Adventures in Parenting @ Babies “R” Us Savannah, Sept. 24

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Parenting workshop Savannah Babies R Us

 

 

You’re invited to Adventures in Parenting this Sat. Sept. 24 2016 @ Babies “R” Us in Savannah, 1-3PM.

Bright Life Chiropractic‘s Dr. Jared Brown will offer insight on your baby’s spine.

Dar a Luz Women’s Health Services Certified Midwife Meka Hall also will be there to offer breastfeeding advice.

Babies “R” Us
7400 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31406
1-3PM Sat. Aug. 27 2016

Bright Life Chiropractic, www.brightlifechiropractic.com, 912-777-3717. On Facebook here. Bright Life Chiropractic is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

St. Andrew’s School named best Savannah private school by Savannah Magazine

Friday, September 9th, 2016

St Andrew's School Savannah private schoolsSt. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island in Savannah is pleased to be selected as the Best Private School in Savannah by the readers of Savannah Magazine.

Inspiring young people, age 3 through grade 12, St. Andrew’s is an International Baccalaureate World School.

For more information on this Pre-K3 through 12th grade school, visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email admission@saintschool.com On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

 

FREE Baby Basics classes @ Pediatric Associates of Savannah

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Baby classes Pregnant Parents Parenting ClassAttention expectant Savannah parents: FREE Baby Care Basics classes are offered @ Pediatric Associates of Savannah.

Free to expectant families, come join Dr Brandy Gheesling or one of Pediatric Associates of Savannah’s other 8 Board Certified Pediatricians.

Classes are held after office hours the first Thursday of each month. The next class is this Thurs. Sept. 1 2016 @ 6PM.

Space will be limited, so to register or for more information about the class please email BabyBasics@pedsav.com.

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New to the area & in need of a pediatrician? Pediatric Associates of Savannah has offices in Savannah, the Islands and Pooler. Learn more here.

Stay connected with Pediatric Associates of Savannah & informed about children’s health news, but ‘liking’ Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Facebook here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.com On Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Connect with other moms @ MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) in Savannah, Pooler, Rincon

Friday, August 26th, 2016

MOPS Savannah Rincon Pooler Connect with other moms this school year. Attend MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting. MOPS groups are in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill, the Islands & Rincon.

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world. Moms who are pregnant or have children through kindergarten are invited to the MOPS group.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) @ Compassion Christian Church East Campus
Meetings are 9:15 – 11:45AM first and third Thursdays, Sept. 15 – May 4
Children’s and Student Building at Compassion Christian Church East Campus
9150 Old Montgomery Rd Savannah, GA 31406
MOPS provides a fun, relaxed environment for mothers with newborns through 5-year-olds. You’ll make new friends, enjoy activities and hear from relevant and insightful speakers on a wide range of topics. There is an annual membership cost of $24.95 for MOPS International and an additional $6 fee per meeting you attend. Childcare is available with RSVP prior to each meeting. For more information, email ccceastmops@gmail.com Meeting dates are 9/15/16, 10/6/16, 10/20/16, 11/3/16, 12/1/16, 1/5/17, 1/19/17, 2/2/17, 2/16/17, 3/2/17, 4/6/17, 4/20/17, 5/4/17

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Savannah Islands MOPS

Savannah Islands MOPS meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:15-11:30AM Meetings begin in the month of September and run through the month of May.
Meetings are at First Baptist Church of the Islands on Wilmington Island, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd Savannah, GA 31410

Visit  www.savannahislandsmops.webs.com Follow Savannah Islands MOPS on Facebook here. 

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Rincon MOPS

Meets every 2nd Tuesday from 9-11:30AM in the Memorial Chapel of First Baptist Church of Rincon.

For more info, call the church office at 912-826-5536. Childcare is provided.

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Pooler MOPS

Pooler MOPS meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30-11:30AM @ the First Presbyterian Church in Pooler, 1115 US-80, Pooler, GA 31322.

On Facebook here. 

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Calvary MOPS

Calvary MOPS is on Facebook here. 

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Richmond Hill MOPS & MomsNext

MOPS is for moms-to-be or any mom with children ages 0-5. MomsNext is for moms with school-age children.

Richmond Hill MOPS & MomsNext First meeting is Sept. 6, 9:30 AM to Noon.

Meets first & third Tuesday September -May @ First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill,
9184 Ford Ave
Richmond Hill, Ga 31324

On Facebook here. 

Contact RichmondHillMOPS@hotmail.com

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To have your MOPS group listed please email info to anne@southernmamas.com

St. Andrew’s School in Savannah wins garden program grant

Monday, August 15th, 2016

St. Andrew's School Savannah Wilmington Is. Congratulations St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Is. on receiving a grant for a garden program.

St. Andrew’s School was awarded $350 in grant funding from the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation to be utilized for the school’s outdoor learning space & garden project. The learning space, created four years ago, continues to expand into an area where students work & play on a daily basis.

The garden area has been used to grow vegetables for the school’s lunch provider; teach students agriculture concepts; promote good nutrition & exercise. The additional dollars from the GFB Foundation will be used to expand the hands-on learning opportunities across all disciplines.

Additional activities planned for the area include a water wall, a pulley & bucket system, a stone sculpture center plus enhanced seating for classroom discussions.

More about St. Andrew’s School

St. Andrew’s is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School on Wilmington Island in Savannah, Ga. offering the Diploma Program.

The school encourages students age three through grade 12 to go beyond textbooks & classrooms. For more info on the private Pre-K through Grade 12 school, visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah now offers 7:30AM walk-in sick clinic

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Pediatricians Savannah sick clinic New to the area or just in need of a pediatrician with more convenient hours?

This may help your decision in your search for a Savannah pediatrician. Pediatric Associates of Savannah main office on Waters Avenue in Savannah now offers a 7:30AM walk-in sick clinic.

No appointment needed. Walk-in sick visits 7:30-8:30AM Mondays through Fridays.

So when you have been up all night with your child and have to make decisions about work or school, getting in to the doctors’ office early will help.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah has offices in Savannah, the Islands and Pooler. Learn more about Pediatric Associates of Savannah here.

Stay connected with Pediatric Associates of Savannah & informed about children’s health news, by ‘liking’ Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Facebook here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.com On Facebook here. Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser  

Prenatal yoga & infant massage @ Memorial Health FitnessOne

Friday, August 12th, 2016

pregnancyMoms-to-be and new moms can sign up now for two new classes at FitnessOne @ Memorial Health in Savnanah.

Memorial is now offering prenatal yoga and an infant massage course. Both classes start in August 2016.

Learn more here and register at 912-350-4030.

Memorial also offers parenting classes, breastfeeding support & assistance, childbirth classes and more.

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Pregnancy Childbirth Classes Savannah Memorial Health

Memorial Health’s free Mommy Mail program for pregnant & new parents

Memorial Health’s free email program – Mommy Mail – for expectant and new parents includes customized information, news and resources tailored to your specific stage of pregnancy and/or your child’s age—as well as announcements from their staff and access to support information—all conveniently delivered right to you.

As you prepare for childbirth and caring for your new baby, this program allows Memorial Health staff to touch base with you by email each week to make sure you have additional support on your journey into parenthood.

Sign up here or text mommymail to 313131

Memorial Health is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Free “Baby Basics” class for expectant parents @ Pediatrics Associates of Savannah

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Savannah pediatricians Baby Basics Attention expectant parents.

Pediatrics Associates of Savannah invites you to a free “Baby Basics” class Thursday Aug. 4 at 6PM.

This class is FREE to expectant families (but reservations requested).

Come join Dr Brandy Gheesling (pictured here) or one of Pediatrics Associates other 9 Board Certified Pediatricians.

Held after office hours the first Thursday of each month, at the Waters Ave location. Space will be limited, so to register or for more information about the class please email BabyBasics@pedsav.com.

More info here. 

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New to the area & in need of a pediatrician? Pediatric Associates of Savannah has offices in Savannah, the Islands and Pooler. Learn more here.

Stay connected with Pediatric Associates of Savannah & informed about children’s health news, by ‘liking’ Pediatric Associates of Savannah on Facebook here.

Pediatric Associates of Savannah, 4600 Waters Ave, Suite 100 Savannah, 31404-6702, (912) 355-2462, www.pedsav.comOn Facebook here.  Pediatric Associates of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser  

Memorial Health’s free Mommy Mail program for pregnant & new parents

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Mommy Mail Breastfeeding Memorial Health

Attention new & expectant parents.

Memorial Health’s free email program – Mommy Mail – for expectant and new parents includes customized information, news and resources tailored to your specific stage of pregnancy and/or your child’s age—as well as announcements from their staff and access to support information—all conveniently delivered right to you.

As you prepare for childbirth and caring for your new baby, this program allows Memorial Health staff to touch base with you by email each week to make sure you have additional support on your journey into parenthood.

Sign up here or text mommymail to 313131

Memorial Health is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Become a foster parent with Georgia MENTOR to help Savannah children in need

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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You have long wanted to help children in need in Savannah.

Here’s your chance.

Become a foster parent. Georgia MENTOR is an agency that partners with the Department of Family and Children Services to place both foster children in care.

Foster parents are called Mentors because they do so much more than simply house children – they change lives.

Georgia MENTOR is always looking for foster parents to open both their hearts and homes in the Savannah area. As a Mentor, you show through your actions that we all matter and we all deserve to live life to the fullest.

Savannah foster parent information sessions:

5-6PM July 6
5-6PM July 20

Call 912-234-6853 or ann.verdine@thementornetwork.com.  Learn more here.

Georgia MENTOR Foster Families Parents Savannah Who can be a Mentor?

You don’t need to be a superhero—just a regular person who’s ready to bring a child into your home and help give them a better life by sharing yours. It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom looking to earn money at home or a working family with children of your own. There’s no magic formula—you just have to be you.

Georgia MENTOR will be with you with you every step of the way. And you’ll become part of a whole network of people who, just like you, want to change a child’s life and make a difference at home.

When you’re ready to take the first step toward becoming a Mentor, please submit the Become a Mentor inquiry form.

Georgia MENTOR, www.ga-mentor.com, 912-234-6853 or ann.verdine@thementornetwork.com. On Facebook here.  Georgia MENTOR is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Try a class for free @ fit46 fitness studio in Savannah

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

fit46 free class barre savannah fitnessCurious about fit46 classes?

Come try a class FOR FREE! Use promo code FB016 between now-June 30 2016 to redeem. Sign up at www.fit46.com/classschedule. Use the promo code against the drop-in rate. See you soon!

About fit46

fit46 is a fitness studio located on White Bluff Road in Savannah behind Lucky’s Market. fit46 offers barre, interval barre, HIIT, sculpting yoga classes & more. They have highly trained & experienced instructors that keep you motivated & will help you reach your fitness goals.

Childcare available 

fit46 is now offering childcare to help the moms in our community. The childcare service is for kids ages 0 & older. Sign up & see the class schedule here. 

Cost is $5 per child per class.

fit46, 5500 White Bluff Road (behind Lucky’s Market), Savannah 31405, 912-660-5292 email info@fit46.com, www.fit46.com On Facebook here, fit46.com is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

fit46 fitness studio in Savannah is now offering childcare

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Fit46 gym pure barre classes with child care

Want to take a barre class, but no baby-sitter? fit46 has got you covered.

Starting Monday June 6, fit46 is offering a childcare service for kids ages 0 and older. Sign up soon, spaces are limited. Sign up & see the class schedule here. 

Cost is $5 per child per class.

About fit46

fit46 is a fitness studio located on White Bluff Road in Savannah behind Lucky’s Market. fit46 offers barre, interval barre, HIIT, sculpting yoga classes and more. They have highly trained and experienced instructors that keep you motivated and will help you reach your fitness goals. fit46 is now offering childcare to help the moms in our community

fit46, 5500 White Bluff Road (behind Lucky’s Market), Savannah 31405, 912-660-5292 email info@fit46.com, www.fit46.com On Facebook here, fit46.com is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser