Waltham, MA | Thom Charles River Early Intervention

Thom Charles River is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive, and family-centered early intervention services to infants, toddlers, their families, and others in the community who care for them. Our nurses, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, mental health counselors, educators, and other specialists are passionate about supporting families and young children. If you have a concern regarding your child’s development, please contact us.


465 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 101
Waltham, MA 02452

Lorraine Sanik, Director
Phone: (781) 894-6564
Fax: (781) 893-5938
Hours: 8:00 - 5:00

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"I went from feeling powerless by the circumstances under which my child was born, to feeling powerful by the knowledge of how to specifically help my son.”


Services We Offer

Early Intervention

Early Intervention (EI) in Massachusetts is a statewide, family-centered, developmental service. Thom Child & Family Services offers the earliest possible intervention and support for children birth to three years old who have developmental difficulties due to identified disabilities or whose development is at risk due to certain birth or environmental circumstances.

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Early Intervention Programs

▸ Jump, Jiggle & Jive™

This class is especially designed to encourage and strengthen crawling, walking, balance and coordination, and imitation skills with parent participation.

Waltham Family YMCA
725 Lexington Street, Waltham
Mondays 9:30-10:15 AM (Ages 12-24 months)
and Mondays 10:15-11:00 AM


▸ Music and Movement

Music and Movement is an interactive movement and music time for 18-36 month old children and their parents. It encourages and strengthens balance and coordination skills through the use of balls, fine and gross motor activities, and includes circle time with a Music Therapist.

Newton Creative Start Center
573-B Washington St., Newton
Tuesdays 9:00-10:30 AM


▸ Watertown Family Network Community Group

Developmentally appropriate play for toddlers with their parents, including fine motor activities, language stimulation and more. It’s a chance for children and parents to have fun, strengthen existing skills and promote new ones. One adult must participate for each child enrolled (except in the case of multiples).

Watertown Family Network
30 Common St., Watertown
Mondays 9:00-10:30 AM (Ages 24-36 months)


▸ Super Tots

The group is structured similar to a preschool classroom to introduce the children to a preschool environment with emphasis on language skills and peer group interaction. A parent group component meets at the same time as the child group. Parents participate in an art activity and circle time with the children for the final 30 minutes of the group.

Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program
465 Waverley Oaks Rd., Suite 101, Waltham
Mondays 9:00-11:00 AM (Ages 24-36 months)


▸ Playful Pals

The group is structured similar to a preschool classroom to introduce the children to a preschool environment with emphasis on language skills and peer group interaction. This is a drop-off group.

Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program
465 Waverley Oaks Rd., Suite 101, Waltham
Tuesdays 8:45-10:15 AM (Ages 24-36 months)


▸ Little Stars

The group is structured similar to a preschool classroom to introduce the children to a preschool environment with emphasis on language skills and peer group interaction. A parent group component meets at the same time as the child group.

Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program
465 Waverley Oaks Rd., Suite 101, Waltham
Thursdays 9:00-10:30 AM (Ages 24-36 months)


▸ Super Sprouts

This is a fun group for infants and their parents to learn some new children's songs, engage in parachute play, have fun with scarves, and provides an opportunity for interaction with children their own age. Parents have a place to speak with other parents about topics related to parenting young children and problem solving as they navigate the first year of life and beyond.

St. James Church
495 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown
Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 AM (Ages newborn to walking)


▸ Los Chiquitos Toddler Group in Spanish

This toddler group is for children whose primary language is Spanish. A parent group facilitated in Spanish occurs concurrently. Este grupo es para niños cuyos primer idioma es el español. Un grupo para padres, facilitado en español, ocurre al mismo tiempo.

Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program
465 Waverley Oaks Rd., Suite 101, Waltham
Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings
Martes por la manana y miercoles por la manana

Other Program Services

Consultation and Workshops for area child care providers.

Please contact Thom Charles River Early Intervention at 781-894-6564 or by email with any questions regarding our services.

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Meet Our Staff

Thom Charles River Early Intervention

Thom Charles River Early Intervention is in the business of helping children and their families achieve their goals. We recognize that our success depends on the skills and experience of the people who work for us. Thom Charles River employs 50 full and part-time staff members: teachers, nurses, social workers, therapists and a nutritionist. Many are fluent in languages other than English including: Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, Sign Language, and Portuguese.

Meet some of our dedicated staff:

Carolyn is a Speech and Language Pathologist with over 20 years experience. She has a special interest in helping infants and toddlers who have sensory, communication and feeding difficulties.

Ellen is a Developmental Psychologist with special expertise in children’s cognitive development, attention and behavior management. Ellen has 10 years experience working with very young children and their families.

Fran is a Developmental Educator. She has more than 20 years experience teaching young children and facilitating parent-toddler groups. Fran loves her work with parents and other family members and finds it exciting to watch children make developmental progress.

Jackie is a Social Worker who speaks fluent English, Spanish and some Portuguese. She enjoys working with families from diverse backgrounds and helping them to access community resources and supports.

Mindy is a Physical Therapist who is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Infants and Children. With more than 20 years experience, Mindy especially appreciates her work with families on their “journey” towards better understanding of their child’s special needs.

Robyn is an Occupational Therapist who speaks English and some Russian. Robyn’s special areas of expertise, developed during her 20 plus years of practice, includes working with children who have visual impairments.

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