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The HeartShare School Welcomes New Students & Families

Posted: April 26, 2018

The HeartShare School, which educates and supports children ages 5-21 with autism, will host an Open House event on Thursday, May 24 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“We are proud of the students who have grown with us,” shared Sharon Toledo, Director of The HeartShare School. “Many students started at age 5 and are now teenagers. Through our academic, therapeutic and vocational support, they’ve grown tremendously towards a more independent young adulthood.”

Many current students started at the school in 2007, which opens up some seats, especially in the younger classes. “We are looking forward to some fresh faces and extending our support to children, and their families, who often cannot find this customized, family-like atmosphere anywhere else in New York City,” said Carol Verdi, Executive Director of the school and Senior Vice President of Education Services at HeartShare. Although the school is in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the school admits eligible students from the five boroughs.

Opened in 2007, The HeartShare School utilizes various teaching methodologies to maximize the learning potential of each student. Both Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), with 1:1 discrete trial instruction, and the TEACCH approach are used within a self-contained, structured classroom setting. The HeartShare School utilizes the New York City Common Core Curriculum and academic goals are modified to meet each child’s individual needs.

“The community needs to realize that without this school, families would have to send their children far from home–sometimes out of state. Whether students live at home or at the HeartShare Children’s Residence next door, proximity to family is key,” said Verdi.

The HeartShare School also offers speech, occupational and physical therapies as needed. Art and music classes are three times per week with individual music and art sessions available based on student interest. Student musical groups, which perform at the school’s annual talent show and other events, are therapeutic and encourage self-expression.

April is Autism Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed on the spectrum.

For any questions about student enrollment and registration, please contact Jaime Petrone at 718-621-1614 or