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

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News and Activities

June 2017

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Services for Children with Autism

In June and July, the children will be soaking up the sun and cooling off in the Corrales PoolIn May, the recreational respite program finished its spring Community Inclusion Group activity. They teens involved gained the valuable social skills they need when going on an outing in their community. For example, when going to a restaurant, the group worked on the skills needed to place an order for their meal. They also decided on the activity they wanted to do and enjoyed what they chose. In June and July, the children will be soaking up the sun and cooling off in the Corrales Pool. We are still actively looking for respite providers to meet the needs of all our families. 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

We will not be offering small group activities over the summer months. We will be starting a new Toddler Movement group and a new Preschool Readiness group in September 2017. Brochures for each group will be available in August. We will not take sign-ups for these groups until August. Please talk to your Family Service Coordinator in July or August if you are interested in participating in one of these groups. Below is a description of each group.

Preschool Readiness Group: The goal of this group is for children to learn to play and communicate with other children while their parents learn activities to prepare their child for preschool. This group is for children 2 to 3 years of age. This group is for the child enrolled in our program and one parent/caregiver. This group will consist of 1½ hour classes once a week for 8 weeks.

Toddler Movement Group: The goal of this group is for children to learn movement and listening skills while parents learn activities to help their child improve their movement skills. Children who have started walking benefit the most from this group. This group is for children who are enrolled in our program and one parent/caregiver. This group will consist of 1 hour classes once a week for 4 weeks.

HEARING Screening Available

Abrazos conducts hearing screenings for newly referred children during their initial evaluations. Over the summer months, we will be available to do hearing screening by appointment only. 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

Abrazos Receives a Grant to Purchase Therapy Materials for Children

In May, we received notice that our grant requesting funds from Clothes Helping Kids, Inc. program was accepted. We requested grant funds to purchase therapy supplies for children who need special spoons or cups, oral motor stimulation tools, weighted blankets/lap pads, etc. Although many of these therapy materials are small, they are quite expensive. Our state funding does not cover the cost to purchase of therapy materials. We will continue to seek grant funding so that we may provide these needed therapy materials to children and their families in our program. THANK YOU so much Clothes Helping Kids!

In HOT Weather Never Leave Your Child in Your Vehicle!

Rapidly rising temperature inside a locked car can be fatal for a child in just a matter of minutes. New Mexico has lost 8 children to heat stroke since 1998. This can happen to anyone! Here are some tips to help avoid these unnecessary deaths and keep children safe.

  • Place your purse, wallet, glasses, cell phone or anything you always need on the back seat to compel you to turn around and look there every time you get out of the car.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows slightly open.
  • If you see a child alone in a car, they seem hot, you cannot immediately find the parents or caregivers, and the doors are locked, call 911 to help get them out.
  • Watch children closely around vehicles, particularly when loading and unloading.
  • Make it a habit to always open the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure no child has been left behind.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway and always set your parking brake. Never leave keys and/or remote openers where children can get them.
  • When a child is missing, check vehicles and car trunks first and immediately.

This Summer Take Your Children to the Library

Your local public library has wonderful summer programs for children including reading times for all ages, craft activities etc. Below are the links to the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho library activities for children.

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