By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Bath Beach school for autistic children is holding an open house next week to attract prospective students and increase its enrollment.
The HeartShare School, at 1825 Bath Ave., will hold an open house on Friday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for families interested in learning more about the school for children with autism spectrum disorders. The building entrance is located on Bay 19th Street between Benson and Bath avenues.
Prospective parents and students will have the opportunity to speak with school administrators, tour the facilities and learn more about the program.
Opened in April 2007 at the site of the former Saint Finbar Catholic School, the school is sponsored by the non-profit social services agency HeartShare Human Services of New York and operates under a contract with the New York City Department of Education to serve the educational needs of children between the ages of 5 and 21 with autism and other developmental disabilities.
HeartShare Human Services of New York, which provides a variety of services, including foster care, job training, and HIV-AIDS counseling, is headquartered in downtown Brooklyn.
“The HeartShare School's goal is to provide each student with an educational program that will maximize his or her learning potential, enabling them to be as independent as they can be and enhancing functional life skills,” according to a statement on the agency’s website.
Each classroom contains two state-of-the-art computers with learning software. The HeartShare School maintains an open-door policy in which parents are always welcome, officials said.
Additional services available at The HeartShare School include: speech and language therapy, physical and occupational therapy, art and music therapy, and physical education.
For more information on The HeartShare School, visit their website. To attend the open house, contact Ollie Ellis at 718-621-1614.
Approximately one in 88 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control. Autism is almost five times more common among boys than among girls, the CDC found.