We are a therapist-run organization that began in July of 2005 to serve children and families’ needs through early intervention. So began Aprendamos Intervention Team. Early Intervention services end at age three. Families came to us with concerns about a lack of resources for their children after the age of three, and so began our Esperanza Children’s Therapy Clinic. Families in our programs also voiced concerns with a profound lack of services for children diagnosed with Autism. So we applied for a NM Department of Health grant to provide ABA therapy to children with Autism. So began our fastest growing program Mariposa Autism Service Center. During this same period, families were seeking mental health services. Families who have children with developmental delays and disabilities often experience higher rates of stress, so we started Alegria Family Counseling Clinic. Following these programs, we recognized the need for two grant opportunities to support our families and programs: the Conscious Fathering Program of Southern New Mexico and Cariño Home Visiting Program.
Over the years, we’re grown from one building with one speech pathologist and family service coordinator to six facilities and 240 employees and subcontractors working every day for the children and families in our communities, through families first and family-driven growth.
Today we have teams with speech-language, occupational, physical, and family therapists. We also have a nurse, nutritionist, family services coordinators, developmental instructionists, infant massage therapists, and pediatric specialists. Our mental health clinicians specializing in play therapy interventions, MDMR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and more. Our Autism program has 16 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and about 50 Registered Behavior Therapists (RBT). Our team is growing, we value our A-Players who go above and beyond, and look for each team member’s strengths.
We do what we do because we love what we do! At Aprendamos Early Intervention, we offer early intervention services for children ages birth to three in their natural environment. Children in this age group are eligible to receive services by either having or being at-risk for a developmental delay. We provide a wide range of services such as speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy. Along with family therapy, social work, family service coordination, behavior intervention, autism services, nutrition, nursing, infant mental health, infant massage, and more.
At our Esperanza Children’s Therapy Clinic we provide outpatient therapy services for children ages three to 18, and in some cases to the age of 21. Services include speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy. We currently have two clinics to better serve the families of Southern New Mexico. Our clinics are located in Las Cruces and Anthony, New Mexico.
At Mariposa Autism Service Center, we provide therapy services for children diagnosed with Autism. We utilize Applied Behavior Analytic Therapy for children ages three to 18.
At Alegria Family Counseling center, we provide a wide array of family therapy services. Services are for children, adolescents, and adults.
Our grant programs are the fundamentals of parent education. Our Cariño Home Visiting Program provides home visiting services, including circles of security, infant massage, breastfeeding support, cribs, and car seats for expecting parents to families with a child up to the age of three. Our other grant program is the Conscious Fathering Program of Southern New Mexico. Conscious Fathering provides a one-time fathering class for new and expecting fathers, soon-to-be brothers, uncles, and grandfathers. The class includes topics such as swaddling, changing a diaper, holding, feeding techniques, and much more. Another component of Conscious Fathering is Fathering in 15 with is a 15-class series of fathers with a child at any age. Classes include financial literacy, intimacy and relationship, and much more. Through the Conscious Fathering Program, Aprendamos also provides car seats and installation through Safer New Mexico.