Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices

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Basic Information

Address: 4302 New Utrecht Ave Brooklyn, NY 11219
Phone Number: 718-686-9600
Fax Number: 718-686-6161

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Additional Information

Executive Director: Suri Gruen
President: Joshua Weinstein
Service Description: Autism Center based, Home Based EI, SEIT, Evaluations, CPSE, Medicaid Waiver, Res-Hab, ABA Programs, Related Services - OT,PT, Speech, Vision for children with autism, developmental delays and/or other disabilities
Mission Statement:

To hear the voices of the children and families we serve as they strive to achieve their full potential for independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. Shema Kolainu is dedicated to the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our vision is to provide the best opportunity offered anywhere for children with ASD to achieve recovery.

Membership Fee: none
Eligibility Requirements: Diagnosis
Area Served: NYC area
Hours of Operation/Schedule: M-F 9-5
Services Offered:
Autism Center based, Home Based EI, SEIT, Evaluations, CPSE, Medicaid Waiver, Res-Hab, ABA Programs, Related Services - OT,PT, Speech, Vision for children with autism, developmental delays and/or other disabilities

Free Autism Workshop Series
A free workshop series for parents, teachers, therapists, and others working with children on the autism spectrum.
Workshops Offered
Each session is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at our Brooklyn location. A certificate of completion is available upon request.
To register or for more information:
By phone: 718.686.9600
By email:
By mail: 4302 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11219
*please be sure to include your name, address, and phone number and indicate which workshop you would like to attend!
Parent training program made possible by NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding
Workshops Offered
Networking with your Child's Team - Being a Strong Advocate
Communicating and understanding doctors, therapist, teachers, and administrators. Increasing Autism Awareness and keeping up with the research, assisting in fundraising for Autism and finding a cure.
Presented: November 18th, 2010

Adaptive Daily Living Skills - the Road to Independence
Toilet training: baseline, training and follow-up. Self care skills: brushing teeth, dressing, showering, and eating. Pre-Vocational skills: following a task analysis, activity schedules and PSI.
Presented: January 13th, 2011

Teaching Communication in Different Ways
Understanding Non verbal communication: Using Augmentative communication in the home and in the community. Alternative and augmentative communicational assessment, training procedures and integration of AAC in everyday life. Understanding Verbal communication: Verbal immersion, Verbal behavior, Verbal imitation and fluency.
Presented: March 24th, 2011

Using Technology to Increase Independence & Learning
Introduction to: Videos and internet resources
Software and interactive play
Social stories and PowerPoint
Pre-academic and academic skills
Presented: May 26th, 2011

Conferences/Speakers: 2010 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL July 5 and 6, 2010 A highlight of a few of our speakers: •Modern Approaches to the Study of the Genetics of Autism Eli Hatchwell, M.D., Ph.D. - USA Chair of Genetics for Icare4autism 2010 Conference Director of the Genomics Core Facility and Associate Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook •Neuropsychopharmacology of Autism Symptom Domains Eric Hollander, M.D. - USA Chairman, Advisory Committee Icare4autism Research Psychiatrist, Montefiore Medical Center University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine •Genetics: Fragile X W. Ted Brown, M.D., Ph.D. - USA Director, NYS Institute for Basic Research in DD •Behavioral Variability with the ASD Clinical Phenotype Kenneth D. Gadow, Ph.D. - USA Professor, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY at Stony Brook Development of Individualized Treatment for Children with Autism/ Translation of a Naturalistic Behavorial Intervention: Adapting PRT for the Classroom Laura Schreibman Ph.D. – USA Professor, University of California, San Diego; Principle Investigator USCD Autism Research Program
Fundraisers: Donate Online As we look toward the future, we must "Raise the Roof" to grow our building by three more floors. This expansion will allow us to reach more children with effective programs. The new space will accommodate classrooms, therapy and clinical evaluation rooms, a library with adaptive technology/computer equipment, a gymnasium, auditorium, high tech conference center and a domed rooftop playground.

Shema Kolainu (SK-HOV) - Hear Our Voices, a school and center for children with autism spectrum disorders, was founded in 1998 by Joshua Weinstein, MBA, in response to the growing need in the New York metropolitan area's education system for programs that effectively fill the learning and emotional requirements of children with autism. Today, over 700 children, birth to 11, are enrolled in our school- and community-based educational and therapy programs from all five boroughs of New York City.

Detailed Organization Information:

Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices (SKHOV) offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapy programs to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment.

A nonpublic, nonprofit, nondenominational, multi-cultural school, we provide quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring.

Programs are designed to help children overcome the disabilities caused by autism, including teaching them to communicate, socialize, play, read and write. Children participate in academic and therapy programs while learning to become a member of their family and community. Because autism knows no national or cultural boundaries, Shema Kolainu shares its pioneering programs and research with professionals locally and abroad so that all people who struggle with developmental disabilities and autism may benefit from our expertise.

SK-HOV offers both school- and home/community-based programs. In the community, we provide Early Intervention (EI), birth to age 3, and Special Education Itinerant Teachers (SEIT), ages 3 to 5. We also offer evaluations, related support services and Medicaid waiver coordination.

Our center-based programs include preschool and school-age programs for children, ages 3 to 11. We also offer resources, training and support services to parents and other caretakers. All programs are individualized and based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

SK-HOV reaches out to children and families in all five boroughs of the metropolitan New York City area. Programs are customized and individualized to serve children with all delays. We provide comprehensive evaluations, physical, occupational and speech therapy services and special education. Our goal is to help our students to develop the skills to reach their greatest potential.

Slogan: Where Every Child Counts