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Attention Teachers & Parents: You’re invited to a FREE Child in Nature Symposium, April 25, Savannah

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Child in Nature Symposium Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Parents & Teachers are invited to a free Child in Nature Symposium @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Saturday, April 25
Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, 31410
FREE for parents, teachers, and community

Sponsored by Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Montessori Education Society of Savannah, Oatland Island Wildlife Center and St. Andrew’s School

Keynote Speaker: Linda Kinney, Play Pedagogy Manager at North Carolina Zoo
Breakout sessions on outdoor play and Savannah resources

The Symposium is inspired by the work of Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network.

Special kids program

There also will be a children’s program on Saturday morning April 25 that is limited and requires advance registration. The fee for childcare is $5/child or $10/family. Admission to Oatland Island is complimentary as is a continental breakfast for all on Saturday morning.

Register and learn more at

Savannah’s gun violence epidemic is a public health threat

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Savannah's Gun Violence Crime Problem Public Health Issue

(UPDATE: A 12-year-old Savannah boy named Keith Passmore was shot dead Saturday night Nov. 22. That means three children were shot in three different shootings in Savannah in less than one week.)

This week, two different shootings of Savannah children serve as horrific reminders of this city’s gun violence epidemic.

Kiaja Smalls, 2, was shot dead Tuesday night while sleeping in her Savannah Southside apartment.  The shots were fired from outside the apartment.

On Thursday, a Savannah 6-year-old girl was shot during a domestic dispute. She suffered non-fatal injuries.

Imagine if these cases involved another consumer product other than guns.

Imagine if Kiaja died because of a malfunction in a crib or if she swallowed a laundry detergent pod. Then we would hear from various health and public safety advocates about how to prevent such deaths along with tips about keeping our children safe.

However when it comes to gun violence as a public health issue - we rarely hear from the medical community about how to prevent gun violence.

Even though there are about about 11,000 homicides, 19,000 suicides and more than 2,000 fatal accidents involving guns every year nationwide.  That’s an average of 88 gun deaths per day.

We’d love to see Savannah physicians become more active in counseling patients and the public about firearm safety and working to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, in the same way that they work to reduce injuries and deaths from poisonings, smoking, motor vehicle traffic accidents, incorrectly installed car seats etc.

For example, how many pediatricians regularly tell parents that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for children is one without guns?

Health experts – we would love to talk to you about Savannah’s gun violence epidemic and to get your input about what we as parents can do to prevent these shootings from becoming the new normal. Please contact us at

Funeral donations
Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, 2, who was shot and killed Tuesday night inside a Savannah apartment. The family says donations will be accepted at any local Wells Fargo Bank. A gofundme page has also been set up for the family:

Discover Hope for Autism with Tyneise Seaborough, Savannah Autism Specialist & Author

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

autism resources support Tyneise Seaborough Savannah Hope for Autism book Tyneise Seaborough, Autism Specialist & Pediatric Occupational Therapist, releases new e-book, “Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges”, as an answer to the many questions posed daily by parents desperately seeking ways to simplify the lives and daily tasks of their children living with autism.

This book addresses topics such as making eye contact, sleeping, trying new foods, homework, play skills, tantrums, communication, waiting, toileting, and transitions.

Incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach, Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges, allows the reader to:
*Discover the appropriate way to develop social stories, a visual guide that presents information in a story format to help children with ASD learn daily routines, expectations, procedures, and behavioral standards.
*Gain access to the M-CHAT-R (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), a scientifically validated screening tool used to assess the risk of ASD in children 16 to 30 months of age.
*Obtain insight from a host of specialists in designated fields such as feeding, vision, dental, clinical psychology, applied behavior, and speech therapy, just to name a few.
*Get connected to social networks, support groups, and local/online resources.
*Be empowered from practical solutions and the insightful interviews from a variety of specialists.

Download your copy today on Amazon for only $3.99.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to request Tyneise to speak at your next event, please contact TYNEISE SEABOROUGH at (912)401-4105 or

Connect with Tyneise  on Facebook here. 

Subscribe to the Hope for Autism webpage today at

Autism Specialist & Pediatric Occupational Therapist Tyneise Seaborough, author of new e-book,  “Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges”,, (912)401-4105, email On Facebook here.  Tyneise Seaborough is a advertiser

Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness in Savannah offers Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy for Children

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness in Savannah Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness in Savannah is THE practice for physical, occupational & speech therapy for kids.

Their therapists are here to answer your concerns about your child’s development.

Do people have difficulty understanding your child when he/she speaks?

Are you concerned about the effects of chronic ear infections on your child’s speech?

Are you concerned that your child is not crawling?

Does your child interact with others?

Therapists at Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness can answer these and many other questions you may have about your child’s development.

Call Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness for an appointment: 912.351.4793.

You can meet the therapists from Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness at their booth at the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Annual Buddy Walk at Forsyth Park this Saturday October 4th. Learn more about the Buddy Walk 2014 here. 

Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness, 10B Mall Ct., Savannah, 31406, 912.351.4793, On Facebook here, email , Pediatric Rehabilitation & Wellness is a advertiser.  

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics in Savannah, Richmond Hill offer Saturday Urgent Care hours; walk-ins welcome

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Pediatricians in Savannah, RIchmond Hill, Rincon

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics – Children don’t keep regular hours, so we are extending ours!

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Rincon 

The pediatricians at SouthCoast Health provide a comprehensive range of in-office & urgent emergency care focused fully on the child’s needs:
Annual Physicals
Screenings and Tests
Patient Education
Wellchild Visits

Saturday Urgent Care in Savannah, Richmond Hill

The Pediatric Department is happy to announce that not only do they offer Saturday/Sunday Urgent Care in Savannah 9 AM-Noon, but starting Sept. 6 2014, they will now offer Saturday Urgent Care hours from 9 AM-Noon at their Richmond Hill location! Walk ins welcomed.

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics locations:
310 Eisenhower Drive, Building 16
Saturday/Sunday Urgent Care hours; 9 AM-Noon.
On Facebook here. 

10055 Ford Avenue, Suite 4A
Extended care: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7:30 PM. Walk-ins welcome.
Saturday Urgent Care hours: 9 AM-Noon. Walk-ins welcome
On Facebook here. 

613 Towne Park Drive West, Suite 305
On Facebook here.

SouthCoast Health Pediatrics,, SouthCoast Health Pediatrics is a advertiser. 

Unidentified respiratory virus likely to hit kids nationwide has already hit Georgia

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Spread the word: Handwashing. Handwashing. Handwashing. The way to possibly prevent your kids from getting this scary virus.

This below is from ABC News.

A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states — Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia — have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.

Learn more here. 

Pooler Kids’ Club means Parents’ Night Out, Pooler

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Pooler Kids Art Club Scribble Art Studio Pooler

Scribble Art Studio in Pooler offers the Saturday evenings Pooler Kids’ Club so you can enjoy a night out.

Drop off your kids at Scribble Art Studio in Pooler on certain Saturday nights this Fall 2014 so you can enjoy a childfree night out with your sweetie or so you can take some time for a Girls’ Night Out or just so you can get caught up.  

Kid’s will make fun arts and crafts projects, hang out with friends, and eat pizza! Ages 5+, 6-9pm, $30 per student ($20 for siblings)

Call 912.713.7376 or click here. 

Scribble Art Studio in Pooler is at 115 Canal St. Pooler, 31322 

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler offers private & group art classes for kids, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble has art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser.

From Macho to Mom: a military sergeant’s humorous handbook for surviving being a stay-at-home dad

Friday, August 15th, 2014

From Macho to Mom bookJ. Masters is a retired USAF Sgt. SERE Instructor. He spent over 20 years within the strict discipline of the military and he was good at it what he did, more than good really. He was an exceptional member of the United States Air Force. He thrived.

Then came retirement.

J. Masters tried out several professions after retiring from the military, but he never found anything that fit his personality so well as the SERE field. Then his wife, several years his junior, graduated and Masters decided that it was his turn to tackle homemaking and child-rearing full time while she became the bread-winner.

And tackle motherhood he did.

The results of his applying military principles to household life were at times ridiculous, at times fruitless, and, most times, comedic. Day after day, Masters discovered that there was something infinitely more challenging than performing pre-jump checklists and surviving enemy interrogation (no enemy interrogator is quite as effective as a child asking all the whys of the known universe)- housewifery (as he so aptly coined) was the most challenging role he’d ever played.

One day, Masters sat down at his computer- the house finally quiet with the older kids at school and the younger kids napping- and started typing (rambling really). Every day, he penned the hilarity and chaos of household maintenance.

From Macho2Mom, in all its randomness, will have you laughing, crying and truly appreciating the greatness of mothers all over the planet.


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FREE Pre-K openings for 2014-15 @ Childcare Network on Wilmington Is., Savannah

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Free pre-K program for 2014-15 in Savannah Wilmington Is. Childcare Network on Johnny Mercer Drive on Wilmington Is. in Savannah has openings for their GA Free Pre-K Program! If you or someone you know has a child that turns 4 before September 1st, you are eligible to enroll.

Call today to find out about this state funded Free Pre-K Program. 912-897-3888. More details by clicking here.

Childcare Network, 350 Johnny Mercer Drive, Savannah 31410, 912-897-3888, Childcare Network is a advertiser

Savannah pediatricians: Dr. Kasey Berman’s pediatric office – Be Pediatrics – is now open & accepting new patients

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Savannah pediatriciansDr. Kasey Berman’s new Savannah pediatric office, Be Pediatrics, is open and Dr. Berman is accepting new patients!

Dr. Berman is a local Savannahian who has been practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine in Savannah for the last 10 years. She is excited to bring a fresh perspective to child medical care to the Savannah community with advanced medical technology to keep her families connected to their pediatrician.

Dr. Berman believes in proactive and integrative medicine, evaluating all facets of a child’s life that may affect their health. At Be Pediatrics, we don’t just treat your child’s symptoms, we aim to eliminate the underlying cause.

Dr. Berman is a cum laude with honors graduate of the University of Georgia and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her pediatric residency at Memorial Health, where she spent several years as an academic attending teaching residents and medical students before entering a career in private practice medicine. Dr. Berman enjoys spending her down time with her husband and two children, relaxing outdoors in our beautiful city and volunteering for various local charitable organizations.

Stay connected to Be Pediatrics by liking the practice on Facebook here or follow on Twitter @drkaseyberman

Be Pediatrics, 400 Mall Blvd, Suite 410B Savannah, 31406, 912.472.0314, email  Be Pediatrics is a advertiser.

Voice your opinion about proposed changes to Savannah-Chatham public school bell times for 2014-15

Monday, May 19th, 2014

bell times imageConcerned that the Savannah-Chatham school board may vote June 4 to change bell times for public schools to an earlier start & dismissal for the 2014-15 school year?

Then take a moment to view this online petition regarding bell start times and sign if you feel it supports your opinion and the success of our students. View the petition here.

Read more about the bell-times issue here.

Connect with moms: FREE Mommy & Me group, Savannah

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Moms groups in Savannah Looking for an active Savannah moms group?

You’re invited to check out “Me and Mommy”, which will meet on Tuesday, May 13th at 10:30AM. The group will be celebrating moms!

There will be songs, a craft and a snack. This is a free event for infants through pre-school age children and their moms.

Come for a fun time to New Life Fellowship, 12915 White Bluff Rd., Savannah, GA.

For more information call Judy at 912-961-0069 or e-mail at

Sign-up at “Me and Mommy in Savannah, GA” on Facebook here.

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

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Savannah parent skill building workshop

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

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: ,  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a advertiser

You’re invited: Open House at Savannah Honor Academy, a new private, independent K-5 school

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Savannah private schools Savannah Honor Academy You’re invited to an open house at Savannah Honor Academy, which will be a new independent K-5 school in midtown Savannah. Please click here for more information.

Open House
Sunday March 2
2 pm at 22 E. 38th Street ((the yellow house on the corner of 38th & Drayton). Reservations are required. RSVP to to reserve a spot.

Refreshments & childcare will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Connect with Savannah Honor Academy on Facebook here.

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FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Guide for Savannah Parents: What to Buy & What Not to Buy for Child Safety

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

St. Andrew's School private schools on the coast, SavannahYou’re invited to a FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Presentation for Parents at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island.

7 PM Thurs. Dec. 12 Bell Hall Media Center at St. Andrew’s School
Parent Presentation on Best Technologies for Families
Free of Charge & Open to the Public

National technology expert, Katie Koestner, is “coming to town” and you can be sure that good boys and girls will delight and benefit from what she has to teach us. Bring your gift ideas and technology questions, and get ready add to your list.

Update your knowledge on what’s developmentally appropriate for children of all ages when it comes to iPads, iPhones and Internet access.

Meet the Presenter: Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and is the subject of an HBO Movie. She has lectured at over 2500 institutions throughout North America, including Harvard, Princeton, Wharton, Stanford, the Pentagon, Phillips Academy, Vanguard, the Girl Scouts of America, and the US Departments of Justice, Defense and Education. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, as well as dozens of other national news programs. She is the author of over 100 books, articles, blogs, and chapters on internet safety and healthy relationship issues. Katie is the architect of federal student safety legislation. On the topic of Cyber-Safety and Cyber-Smarts, Ms. Koestner’s witty, fast-paced programs are packed with all the essentials. Katie’s humor and stories keep her audiences engaged. Her clear instruction distills complicated information into manageable morsels.

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

See your baby for the first time @ Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, Savannah

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Cherished 4D Ultrasounds SavannahEnd the wait & see!

See your baby for the first time in amazing 4D ultrasound technology at Savannah’s newly opened Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio, located at 7505 Waters Ave, Unit A-5 Savannah, 31406.
. Cherish every moment of your baby’s beautiful face with Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio! Take a 3D/4D sneak peek inside the womb or find out your baby’s gender as early as 16 weeks.
. Offering SonoStream Live to allow anyone from around the world to view your experience with you. Great for deployed soldiers or grandparents that live in another state. Make your appointment today.
. Learn more by liking Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio on Facebook here.
Experience 3D/4D Ultrasounds at Cherished 4D in Savannah. For you convenience, you can make an appointment online here.
Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio,,  (912)358-2030, 7505 Waters Ave, Unit A-5 Savannah, 31406. On Facebook here Cherished 4D Ultrasound Studio is a advertiser.