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

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September 2017

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Services for Children with Autism

Beginning in September, we will start our AYSO VIP Soccer activity. The children will learn to work as a team in addition to improving their physical development, social and communication skills. Our grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is funding our fall activities, since the state discontinued funding for Autism services. We are still actively seeking additional funding for our recreational respite program, and continue to look for respite providers to meet the needs of the families in our program. We also have openings available for additional families in need of respite care. For more information contact us at 505-404-8502.

Beginning in September, we will start our AYSO VIP Soccer activity

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) - Small Group Activities

We are starting a new Toddler Movement group and a new Preschool Readiness group in September 2017. Both groups have been filled. We will start another Toddler Movement Group in October; those brochures and sign-up will be available in September. Please talk to your Family Service Coordinator if you are interested in participating in this group. The next Preschool Readiness Group will not be offered until February 2018. We will have a brochure and sign-up for that group in January 2018. Below is a description of each group.

Preschool Readiness Group: This group is for children 2 to 3 years old and a parent/care giver.

Days & Times: Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 - September 6 through Oct 25, 2017. It is very important that you attend all 8 group sessions.
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.
How to sign up: Complete a registration form and turn it in to our office.

Toddler Movement Group: This group is for children who need to improve their movement skills and a parent/care giver. Children should have at least started walking. This group is supported in part by a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico.

Days & Times: Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 - September 5 through 26, 2017. It is very important that you attend all 4 group sessions.
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.
How to sign up: Complete a registration form and turn it in to our office.

HEARING Screening Available

Abrazos conducts hearing screenings for newly referred children during their initial evaluations. We also provide hearing screenings by appointment at our offices or at the Rio Rancho Shining Stars Preschool Child Find event on Saturday mornings (Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18). 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

September is National Baby Safety Month

September is Baby Safety Month and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is asking parents and caregivers to check their home for items that may pose a choking hazard to young children. Each year, CPSC receives about 15 reports of choking deaths to children under 3 years of age. Some of these deaths involve items that are considered known hazards (e.g., small toys, balloons, balls and marbles). In addition to known hazards, such as balloons, there are many tragic deaths each year that result from hidden hazards. These are often small objects that accidentally end up in the hands or mouths of small children. Parents can take steps to keep their children safe by:

  • Keeping small objects such as small toys and parts of toys, marbles, balloons, small balls and coins off the floor and out of reach of children.
  • Keeping toys designed for older children out of the hands of little children.
  • Following labels that give age recommendations; these age recommendations are based on safety concerns.
  • Teaching older children to help keep their toys away from younger siblings. Check the eyes and noses of stuffed animals to ensure they are properly secured.

For more information go to https://www.boystownpediatrics.org/KnowledgeCenter/healtharticles/Pages/Baby-Safety-Month.aspx

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