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Special Yoga Class to Benefit the Sound Start Program

WHAT: Nada Normal Yoga Workshop to Benefit Sound Start. The Savannah community is invited to come experience how your sonic environment can create harmony or discord in your life and explore opportunities to retune your body and mind awareness at a special all-levels yoga workshop. Proceeds will benefit the Sound Start program of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, an auditory and oral preschool for children experiencing hearing loss in Savannah and the surrounding communities of Georgia and South Carolina.

WHERE: Sulfur Studios Annex

2301 Bull St.
Savannah, Ga. 31401

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016 – 4-6 p.m.

COST: $15

MORE: To sign up and for more information, email

Celebrating the Sound Start Class of 2016, An Auditory/Oral Program for Children with Hearing Loss

We were pleased to honor the Sound Start Class of 2016 on June 1.  The Class of 2016 included two graduates who will move on to K-5 this fall.

The two graduates moving on to K-5 earned reading, sight word reading and math awards.  Additional awards were given to other students including phonics listening award, the award for reading over 200 books with parents, as well as citizenship and friendship awards.  All students presented progress performances in areas of listening, reading, language development, vocabulary, phonemic awareness and speech.

This year’s ceremony was themed “Horton Hears A Who…What, When, Where and Why”, representing the ability to break through communication barriers to become a strong oral/aural communicator who is able to understand and use spoken language.

“Our goal is to teach children with hearing loss to listen, speak and understand spoken language in order to be successful in a mainstream educational setting,” said Tracey Edenfield, teacher of the deaf at Sound Start.  “I could not be more proud of the class of 2016 and all that they have achieved in order to move on to the next level in their education.”

In August 2007, the Board of Directors of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center approved the Sound Start program, a never-before-available service in this area – an auditory/oral preschool program. With the help of dedicated staff and community support as well as a coordinated effort with Calvary Day School in Savannah, Sound Start opened its doors to children with hearing loss of Savannah and the surrounding communities in Georgia and South Carolina whose families had chosen spoken language as the communication option for their child. Thus far, the program has been an overwhelming success.

Tracey Edenfield, teacher of the deaf at Sound Start, poses with Horton of Horton Hears a Who!.

Tracey Edenfield, teacher of the deaf at Sound Start, poses with Horton of Horton Hears a Who!.

Sound Start Class of 2016.

Sound Start Class of 2016.

Members of the Sound Start Class of 2016 wearing their cap and gowns during the graduation ceremony.

Members of the Sound Start Class of 2016 wearing their cap and gowns during the graduation ceremony.


Since 1954, Savannah Speech and Hearing has been committed to providing comprehensive services to children and adults with speech, language, and/or hearing problems regardless of financial status in order for them to lead a happy and rewarding life.  Savannah Speech and Hearing offers a wide range of programs including Sound Start, audiology, speech, hearing aids, cochlear implants, information resource center, and other specialized programs.  All Savannah Speech and Hearing speech-language pathologists and audiologists are certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. For more information, call 912.355.4601.

United Way – Women’s Legacy Council Luncheon

WLC Luncheon

Ann Curry, Volunteer Coordinator | Anne Smith, Board member | Beth McIntosh, Director of SSHC | Patricia Vansa, mother of Peyton and recipient of the WLC transportation assistance and part of the selected WLC success stories | Tracy Edenfield, Teacher of the Deaf at Sound Start

Sound Start 2016 Easter Egg Hunt at Daffin Park

Sound Start class welcomes a very special visitor!

Here Comes Peter Cotton-tail!

Oh boy! This past week, the Sound Start class welcomed a very special visitor: the Easter bunny himself! The kids could not contain their excitement as the Easter bunny came to deliver eggs and visit during their school day. They got to take pictures and talk with the Easter bunny one-on-one and take a group picture with all of their classmates!

The class received an extra special treat when the “real” Easter bunny came as well!  It was an eventful and fun day for all!

Thank you!

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