The Auditory/Oral School of New York - Brooklyn, NY

Strivright- The Auditory Oral School of New York (AOSNY) was founded by Pnina Bravmann, a highly trained expert in the field of Audiology and Speech Pathology, and the mother of a hearing-impaired child herself. Over the past 12 years, Strivright-AOSNY has helped well over 3,000 children, and we continue to make miracles happen every day.

Strivright-AOSNY has a bold "yes, we can" approach, where children with hearing, speech, and processing issues are taught to speak, hear, play, and ultimately integrate completely into mainstream schools. Our philosophy is aimed at enabling our students to go on to live absolutely unlimited, successful lives with all social opportunities, academic choices, and career options open before them.

"Sucess begins here" is not just a motto at Strivright-AOSNY, it really does begin here. In this loving, caring environment, parents and children obtain the necessary foundation and education to succeed!"

- Allie’s Mom

“The one thing I would recommend would be to open more and more schools just like Auditory Oral School of New York to help children all over the world."

- Julie’s Mom

“The reps that came to evaluate the twins were excellent; gentle yet thorough. Our Strivright-AOSNY speech therapist was knowledgeable and very caring. She was wonderful in explaining hearing loss issues and the therapy process. I definitely saw the positive impact of speech therapy!"

- Michael's and Peter’s Mom


About the School

  • Contact Information
  • Our Staff

Educational Programs

  • Early Intervention
  • School-based
  • Home-based
  • Parent / Infant
  • After-School
  • Extracurricular

Clinical Services

  • Evaluations
  • Speech and Language
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Summer Sessions

Our Record

  • Certifications and Awards
  • Testimonials

Getting In

  • Admission
  • Tuition and Financial Aid
  • Admissions Policy

News and Information

  • Parents and Alumni
  • Class Websites
  • Calendar
  • Donates
  • Get Involved

About the School

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Strivright-AOSNY - The Auditory Oral School of New York

3321 Avenue M
Brooklyn, NY 11210

(718) 531 1800 Phone
(718) 407 2648 Fax

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Program Director
Pnina Bravmann, AuD, CCC/SLP-A, TSHH, SAS, LSLS Cert AV-T Tel: 718 531 1800 x 4759

Brenda Stein
Tel: 718 531 1800 x 6

Esther Hurley, AuD, CCC-SLP/A
Elaine Devora Jacobs, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Tel: 718 531 1800 x 4780

STARS After-School Program
Julia Brum, LMSW, CJCS Tel: 718 531 1800 x 4874

Striveright-AOSNY - The Auditory Oral School of New York

Speech Supervisor
Breindy Rosenblatt, M.S., CCC-SLP Tel: 718 531 1800 x 4881

PT/OT Supervisor
Hadassah Finkelstein P.T. Tel: 718 531 1800 x 4705

Jackie DeGroat, M.S.Ed., Psy.D.
Tel: 718 531 1800 x 4885

Director of Professional Development
Michele Bornfeld, M.A., CCC-SLP
718-531-1800 ext. 4825

Our Staff

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Our warm team of licensed, experienced professionals has worked extensively in the field of educating hearing-impaired children. Our staff consists of:

Certified Classroom Teachers Speech-Language Pathologists Audiologists
Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists Psychologists

Board Certified Music Therapist Early Childhood Teachers Assistant Teachers
Social Workers

Service Coordinators


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Educational Programs

Strivright-AOSNY offers a number of different programs to help your child in an effective, convenient context.

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The earlier a child is diagnosed with hearing loss, speech delays, or processing issues, the better the chances that the child can be mainstreamed. Our multi-disciplinary team evaluates children from birth to 3 years and delivers intensive, quality services individually and in small groups.

School-Based Program

We offer a comprehensive range of services to children ages 3-5 in our brand-new, state-of-the-art building. Strivright-AOSNY is the stepping-stone towards mainstreaming hearing-impaired children into classes with their peers. The curriculum focuses on socialization skills within the model of a regular education preschool classroom. We provide the following services in small groups and class settings:

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Children can also be evaluated and receive services in other convenient settings, such as your home or daycare. Strivright-AOSNY can all of the above services in your home or another location.

Parent / Infant Programs

Strivright-AOSNY offers parents the opportunity to be an integral part of the process through individual parent/child sessions. Parents are trained how to encourage listening, speech and language. These services are available both at Strivright-AOSNY or at home.

After-School Program

Strivright-AOSNY is proud to now offer STARS, a convenient after-school program with speech, occupational, physical, music, drama, dance and social therapies. Now there is no need for your child to leave his or her classroom during the day. With the STARS program, Strivright-AOSNY can provide our quality care following regular school hours in our new state-of-the-art building.

Extracurriculuar Program

We offer a variety of exciting, stimulating activities and programs, including:

Music Therapy: Our board certified music therapist leads a program where children participate in singing, vocal exercises, rhythm, and movement.

Art: Children can express themselves with fun, creative and therapeutic materials - and they get to bring their works of art home afterwards.

Field Trips: Strivright-AOSNY students can enjoy hands-on experiences in field trips such as a fire station, doctor's office, zoo, farm, botanical garden, vegetable patch and more!

Performing Arts: Our students can perform in plays and school-wide events for parents and other classes.

Clinical Evaluation and Services


Evaluations can be conducted in the child's home or in our center. Bilingual evaluations are available. Results of assessments are shared and explained to the parents. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

Our top-notch department provides complete evaluation, diagnosis, and therapeutic services for the following areas:

Speech and Language Program

Strivright-AOSNY provides first-rate speech and language therapy. Our highly skilled speech-language pathologists specialize in treating children with processing disorders and hearing impairment. Our philosophy focuses on teaching children to speak and hear, not relying upon compensatory skills such as sign language or lip reading. We offer services in-school, after-school, or at-home, and we treat many types of speech-language difficulties, including:

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Strivright-AOSNY offers high-quality occupational and physical therapy to strengthen and reinforce fine motor skills and sensory integration

Counseling and Parent Support Groups

Our licensed psychologist and social worker are available to all parents and children. Individual play therapy for children is also available to stimulate further social and emotional well-being.

Parent Support Groups are also available to give parents the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with each other in a warm, supportive group setting.

Summer Sessions

Strivright-AOSNY offers a six-week program during July and August that builds on foundations and concepts through fun summer activities. We have many exciting outings for children and parents to enjoy, including picnics, barbeques, parks and gardens.

Our Record

Certifications and Awards

NYSSHLA Distinguished Clinical Service Award (2011)


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We've been helping children in New York for over a decade, and our parents have had a lot to say about what we do!

When Shira came to the school, she had a lot of difficulty expressing herself. Now she’s a different child. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

- Shira’s Mom

Our son Jack was born with profound hearing loss in both ears. We came to AOSNY/Strivright-AOSNY because of the excellent reputation that is had for working with hearing impaired children from and early age. It was the best decision we could have made for Jack.

Jack's progress has been steady and remarkable. We both know that his education at Strivright-AOSNY has been essential in his development. What Pnina and her staff do at the school is nothing short of miraculous.

- Jack’s Dad

From the moment we entered your building with our daughter, we knew this was the place for her. Chava has grown and blossomed over this year thanks to the warm, caring and dedicated teachers, therapists and staff. Their professionalism and concern for each child help make AOSNY/Strivright-AOSNY the wonderful place it is. We are so grateful for everything...

- Chava’s Mom

I have seen tremendous progress with Eliana’s speech [and] social skills. She has grown into a mature beautiful girl that I can be very proud of.

- Eliana’s Mom

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Strivright-AOSNY taught him all the skills necessary for him to succeed socially and academically. Thanks to his teachers and therapists, he is doing beautifully in mainstream.

- Henry’s Mom

Lawrence has grown into an honest, considerate, hardworking young boy, and we know that we have Strivright-AOSNY to thank for that.

The one-on-one attention Lawrence received from your teachers has made him confident in his abilities and sparked his interest in many different subjects. Strivright-AOSNY is a supportive community focused on giving each student the best education possible.

- Lawrence’s Mom

Around this time last year, he could barely say Mommy or Papi. [But] since Marco has started school at Strivright-AOSNY, his speech has improved, he knows his ABC’s, he can count from 1 to 20, and he knows most of the colors. He talks so much at home that we cannot keep him quiet.

We appreciate all the work that the staff at Strivright-AOSNY has done for our little Marco. Thank you very much.

- Marco’s Mom

What an impact you have made in Kemmy’s life! From not being able to sit still, not speaking, and not comprehending, he’s now a child who can sit in a classroom, learning and soaking in all that’s going on around him.

- Kemmy’s Mom


Young childHow to get your child into Strivright-AOSNY

All children must be evaluated prior to enrollment. For your child to be admitted into Strivright-AOSNY, the parents must be committed to being partners with the school in your child's auditory and oral education.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Children who are approved through the NYC Department of Health (ages 0-3) or the NYC Board of Education (ages 3-5) are eligible to receive services at no cost to parents. Children who are not approved through these sources or are above the age of 5 will be charged tuition. A scholarship fund is maintained to assist parents who are in need of financial aid.

Young childAdmissions Policy

Strivright-AOSNY admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

News and Information

Young childStrivright-AOSNY Parents and Alumni

As the parent of a child in Strivright-AOSNY, you are an active and important part of your child's growth and success. And even after your child has moved on to a mainstream school, we value and appreciate the continued connection with our devoted Strivright-AOSNY alumni.

You can get more involved in several ways:

Each of these is described below.

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Follow this link to view class-specific websites with photos and more. NOTE: Content is private and password-protected. You will need a password to access this content.


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Young childDonate / Become a Partner

Strivright-AOSNY needs YOU to help us serve children with hearing, speech, and processing delays. Please contact Sam Bravmann at 718-531-1800 ext 4759 to find out about donation and dedication opportunities. We would be glad to discuss the chance to dedicate a specific activity, room, or piece of equipment in honor of a special person or occasion, or in memory of a loved one.

Get Involved

Your child will flourish when you take an active role. Strivright-AOSNY parents can accomplish amazing things when we get together! Our Parent Association runs exciting events throughout the year in support of Strivright-AOSNY. Past events have included an interactive Book Fair, Tile Painting, the New York Walk 4 Hearing, and a reunion Carnival each spring. Get involved and find out more by contacting Tzippy Rieder at 718 531 1800 ext 4864 or