P.O. Box 788 
Bernalillo, NM 87004 
Phone: (505) 867-3396 
Fax: (505) 867-3398 
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News and Activities

May 2017

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Services for Children with Autism

In April, the recreational respite program completed two activities. The children in the Autism After-School program gained valuable skills in socialization, communication, and team work.In April, the recreational respite program completed two activities. The children in the Autism After-School program gained valuable skills in socialization, communication, and team work. The children involved with the AYSO VIP Soccer group had a blast playing as teammates while working on their physical fitness. The Adult Inclusion group program began in April. They are taking multiple fieldtrips and learning to apply their socials skills in the community. We are actively seeking more respite providers to support the children during regular and recreational respite. We also have openings available for additional families in need of respite care. For more information contact us at 505-404-8502.

We are seeking Sponsors to assist with the costs so that we can continue to offer this specialized program. You can donate through PayPal or send a check to Abrazos Family Support Services (address above). Thank you for your support!

Services for Families with Infants & Toddlers (FIT)

We will not have any Community Group Activities over the summer months. We are looking for a location that is appropriate for families who have infants and toddlers. We welcome any suggestions. Once we can find an appropriate location and work out an agreement with that business, we will offer community group activities again.

Small Group Activities

During the fall and spring we offer two small group activities, the Preschool Readiness group and Toddler Movement group. Both groups are for the enrolled child and one parent or caregiver. There is a limit of ten children per group. When the group is filled, we will form a waiting list. Children on the waiting list will have priority for the subsequent group.

Preschool Readiness Group: This group is for children 2 to 3 years old and one parent.

Days & Times: Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:00
Location: Shining Stars Preschool Room B20, 4477 9th Avenue NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.
Goal: Children learn to play and communicate with other children while parents learn activities to prepare their child for preschool.
This group is currently filled. Our next group will be offered in September 2017. We will be distributing a brochure with registration information in August. If are interested in this group, please contact your Family Service Coordinator.

Toddler Movement Group: This group is for children who need to improve their movement skills. Children should have at least started walking.

Days & Times: Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 - This group is supported in part by a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico.
Location: Eagle Ridge Gymnastics. Rio Rancho, NM 87124.
Goal: Children improve their muscle strength and coordination and learn to take turns and follow directions. Parents learn ways to help their children to improve their strength and coordination.
Our May group is filled. Our next group will be offered in September 2017. We will be distributing a brochure with registration information in August. If are interested in this group, please contact your Family Service Coordinator.

HEARING Screening Available

Abrazos conducts hearing screenings for newly referred children during their initial evaluations. We also do hearing screenings by appointment at our offices or at the Rio Rancho Shining Stars Preschool Child Find event on Saturday mornings (May 6). There is no cost to families for this service. If you would like to have your child’s hearing screened, please call our office (867-3396) or talk to your Service Coordinator to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we cannot screen your child’s hearing if she/he has a cold or is sick.

To Cancel an Appointment:

  • Call the main number 867-3396 and leave a message with the operator when you need to cancel an appointment for an individual session or group activity.
  • Call as soon as you know that you cannot make a scheduled appointment.
  • If your child wakes up sick or is sick the day before, call us immediately.

You can contact us by calling 505-867-3396, browsing this website, or by mail at Abrazos Family Support Services, P.O. Box 788, Bernalillo, NM 87004

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

Communication includes hearing and listening, gesturing and body language, making sounds and talking. It also includes writing and reading. Between 8 and 12% of preschool children have some form of speech or language difficulties. Did you know that:

  • One in 22 infants born in the U.S. has some kind of hearing problem.
  • Fluctuating middle ear hearing loss nearly always occurs with middle ear infections.
  • Sometimes language development slows down while a child is learning other skills, such as standing, or walking.
  • The amount and kind of language a child hears and how people respond to the child may affect the child’s rate of language development.

To help your child with speech, language and listening skill development, remember to:

  • Spend a lot of time talking with your child. From infancy, talk, sing and encourage imitation of sounds and gestures.
  • Read to your child, starting as early as 6 months. Look for age-appropriate soft or board books or picture books that encourage your child to look while you name the pictures. Try starting with a classic book (such as Pat the Bunny) so your child can imitate the patting bunny, or books with textures that your child can touch. Later, let your child point to familiar pictures and try to name them. Then, move on to nursery rhymes and predictable books (such as Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear). You child will anticipate what will happen and if you pause, say the word that comes next.
  • Use everyday situations to reinforce your child's speech and language. Talk to your child throughout the day. For example, name foods at the grocery store, explain what you're doing as you cook a meal or clean a room, point to and name objects around the house, and as you drive, talk about sounds you hear. Ask questions and acknowledge your child's responses (even when they're hard to understand). Keep things simple, but never use "baby talk." Adapted from information found at http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/

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