Jenny McCarthy and son Evan Asher
It's been a tough week for Jenny McCarthy.
Three days after publicly splitting from her boyfriend of five years, Jim Carrey, McCarthy announced Friday that she is closing her school for autistic children, Teach2Talk Academy.
"Jenny and her partner at the Academy, Sarah Scheflen, had different visions for the school and made a decision to go their separate ways," McCarthy's rep said in a statement. "Sarah and Jenny really enjoyed their time working at the Academy and feel honored that they were able to provide such high quality early intervention services to so many children with autism and other developmental disabilities."
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The former Playboy model and Singled Out host opened Teach2Talk Academy, located in Sherman Oaks, Calif. According to Teach2Talk Academy's website, which was still active as of April 9, the school is an "early intervention program" designed to treat children from ages 2 1/2 to 6 with autism spectrum disorders.
McCarthy and Scheflen also have a line of DVDs, but the future of the entire Teach2Talk company is unknown.
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McCarthy, 37, has been active in the autism community ever since announcing in 2007 that her son, Evan, had been diagnosed with the condition two years prior. McCarthy has released several books on the subject, including Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism in 2007 and Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds the year after. She has also served as a spokeswoman for related non-profits like Talk About Curing Autism and Generation Rescue.
McCarthy's activism has also been met with controversy, particularly after she appeared on Larry King Live and argued that vaccines can cause autism, a fact refuted by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Evan is McCarthy's son with ex-husband, actor-director John Asher. Asher has also made headlines this week, following a report that he is dating Jennifer Love Hewitt.