Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention
10P Gill St., Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 932-2888
Fax: (781) 932-9809
Anne Marsh, Director
Hours Of Operation:
8:00 - 4:30
About Our Playgroups
Play is an important part of how children learn. Through play, children discover how things work and how to problem solve. Playing alongside each other in playgroups, children also have the opportunity to learn how to get along with others, how to express their emotions, and begin to develop new relationships.
Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention Program offers a variety of playgroups at our site in Woburn and in a number of local area play spaces. Currently, we participate in playgroups located at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club and at Together in Motion, also in Arlington.
Each group is designed differently to meet the needs and interests of the children, but there are similarities across groups. All offer a language-rich, nurturing, safe environment where children have the opportunity to explore and play together as part of a consistent routine. Children may enjoy free play, dramatic play, exploratory art, sensory play, snack, and circle time with music and movement. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to connect together. Our groups welcome and will be enjoyed by all children, ages birth to three years, with a caregiver. We are also happy to welcome children who are not enrolled in Early Intervention for a small fee.
Our playgroups support children by:
- Supporting each child's process of learning;
- Providing choices to build self-confidence;
- Promoting problem solving skills;
- Facilitating as children learn to negotiate and develop peer relationships;
- Providing a feeling of safety and security through consistent routines;
- Teaching self control and self regulation skills;
- Ensuring developmentally appropriate activities and expectations.
Playgroups at our program:
Baby and Me: Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm -- First time playgroup experience for babies and caretakers.
Shakers and Movers: Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm -- Music and play time for children and caregivers, 9 months and up.
Crunch Bunch: Fridays, 11:45 am-1:15 pm -- "Picky eaters" and children with feeding challenges explore different types of foods, tastes, and textures.
Playtime Together: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 am; Mondays, 3:00-4:00 pm -- Children, staff, and caregivers play together and have fun in a semi-structured, mixed age playgroup.
Floor Time: Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 am -- Children and parents learn ways to address sensory and emotional regulatory issues, joint attention, engagement, and two-way communication.
Jammin' Time: Fridays, 10:00-11:00 am -- Mixed age group where learning and fun occur through music. Parents and children will sing, explore, and play different instruments.Terrific Toddlers and Talk Time: Mornings, Monday through Friday -- Children, 18 months and up, participate in a routine and explore different activities. Caregivers play with their children and may join a discussion group after playtime with their children.
Playgroups at community sites:
Movin' Groovin' Tots: Thursdays, 9:45-10:45 am (1-2 year olds); Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm (2-3 year olds) -- Music and movement group in an open gym at Together in Motion.
Parent Tot Connection: Fridays, 9:30-11:00 am -- A semi-structured playgroup for mixed ages up to 5 years with caregiver at Arlington Boys & Girls Club.
Other specialty groups are offered on a periodic basis. Regularly re-occurring specialty groups include: Children's Yoga; Infant Massage; and, Jump, Jiggle & Jive™.
About Our Parent Groups
Parent groups are offered at the same time as many of the child playgroups at our Gill Street location. Parents take time to separate from their child in a relaxed manner once the children have settled in, and then have time to chat with the child group staff at the end of the playgroup. The parent groups, which are facilitated by Early Intervention professionals, provide the opportunity for parents to connect and discuss issues which impact themselves and their families. Frequently discussed topics may include developmental needs of young children, medical issues, community resources, siblings, sleep, and school transitions.
About Our Group Staff
All our groups are facilitated by Certified Early Intervention Specialists who support individual learning and the parent-child relationship. Our developmental specialists, speech-language pathologists, music therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, expressive therapists, behavior specialists, and teaching assistants are ready to answer your questions and to provide guidance and support.
Other Program Services
The Cummings Foundation also supports innovative programming between Thom Mystic Valley Early Intervention Program and local hotels providing shelter to families experiencing homelessness. Thom Mystic Valley EI staff and our community partners are grateful for the opportunity to provide these services to children and families during this vulnerable time in their lives. For more information, contact Christina Freed at Thom Mystic Valley, firstname.lastname@example.org.