This summer, Swedish Medical Center in Ballard is offering a number of classes for the community. The offerings include the following:
All About Puberty: Parents and Preteens Together: The focus of this fun, interactive class is to open and enhance communication between parents and their 9- to 12-year-old and explain the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Fee: $30 per family. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
Hop to Signaroo® Baby Sign Language Classes: Hearing families can use American Sign Language to communicate with hearing babies as young as5 months old. Signing greatly reduces a baby’s frustration and promotes faster language development. Four sessions. Fee: $128 plus required$19 materials fee. For more information, visitwww.hoptosignaroo.com. Thursday, July 12-Aug. 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.or Thursday, Aug. 2-Aug. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Joint Replacement: The Right Choice for You? If you have arthritic joint pain and are considering joint replacement, you’ll want to attend this important class. An orthopedic surgeon will discuss hip- and knee-replacement surgery. Wednesday, July 25, 6-8 p.m.
Safe Sitter® This class covers basic lifesaving techniques, safety precautions and responsibilities of safe babysitting and is recommended for boys and girls ages 11-13. Fee: $40. Monday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.