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Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention

239 Mill St., Suite B, Worcester, MA 01602

Contact information:
Phone Number: (508) 752-8466
Fax Number: (774) 243-6611
Email: kbrennan@thomchild.org
Kelly Brennan, Director

Hours of Operation:
8:30 - 5:00

Playgroups Offered

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention offers developmentally appropriate groups and activities for infants and toddlers. Many groups offer parent to parent support and opportunities for parents to consult with Early Intervention staff regarding their child’s development. Groups meet one time per week. Most groups are attended by a parent or caregiver and child, some are attended by the child or parent(s) only. Our groups are held at our program site or in community locations throughout the greater Worcester area.

Specialty Toddler Groups

Swim Group

YMCA Main Street, 766 Main Street, Worcester

Thursdays (Ages 12 months - 3 years)


Children and parents participate in a variety of activities in the swimming pool that help improve motor, communication and social skills.  Our swim group helps children develop a level of comfort in the water and offers parents strategies for safety in the water.

Speech and Language Stimulation Group


Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention, 239 Mill Street, Worcester
Wednesdays (Ages 2 - 3 years)

A new theme is explored each week to support speech and language development in children.  A variety of communication modes are presented.  Parents are offered support and strategies to facilitate communication development in their children.

Developmental Music Group


YMCA Greendale, 75 Shore Drive, Worcester

Tuesdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)
 
New England Dream Center, 5 Chestnut Street, Worcester
Mondays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)

This group is led by a board certified music therapist.  Music and musical activities are used to help children improve their language, motor, and social skills.  Parents participate in the musical activities along with their child to help them within the group.  Parents will learn new ways of introducing music into their child's daily routines.

Caterpillars


YWCA Salem Square, 1 Salem Street, Worcester
Wednesdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)

This group is for toddlers who are struggling with gross motor development.  This group is perfect for children practicing rolling, sitting, creeping and crawling and transitional movements.  The group focuses on yoga based postures to develop strength, balance and movement coordination.  This group is co-led by an occupational therapist and a physical therapist.

Butterflies


YWCA Salem Square, 1 Salem Street, Worcester

Wednesdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)

This group is for toddlers who are walking but continue to need support in their motor development.  The group focuses on coordination, balance, strength, and movement planning in the context of pre-sports activities.  This group is co-led by an occupational therapist and a physical therapist.

Little Adventurers  

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention Program, 239 Mill Street, Worcester 
Multiple offerings weekly (Ages 18 months - 3 years)
 
Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden Street, Worcester
Thursdays (Ages 18 months - 3 years)
 
These groups help children develop a sense of independence and follow a classroom routine.  They are a great way to prepare children for preschool.  Children participate in activities including a singing circle, snack time, gross motor play, creative and sensory play.  Children learn to share space and toys with their friends.  Parents are offered strategies to support their child's development in a variety of areas.  

Preschool Prep

Thom Worcester Area Early Intervention Program, 239 Mill Street, Worcester 
Multiple offerings weekly (Ages 27 months - 3 years)
 
Similar to our Little Adventurers group, Preschool Prep is a great way for older toddlers to ajust to the activities and routines preschool. Children will participate in activities including a singing circle, snack time, gross motor play, creative and sensory play - all in a group designed just for their age range.  This format allows numerous opportunities for social interactions, sharing and learning. 

Please talk to your home visitor if you are interested in one of these groups or leave a message in the Early Intervention office at 508-752-8466.


Other Program Services

  • Consultation to childcare and other community providers
  • Community developmental screenings

Collaboration and Linkages with:

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Mass College of Pharmacy
  • Simmons College
  • Springfield College
  • UMass Medical School
  • UMass Medical School-Graduate School of Nursing
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • Worcester Family Partnership
  • Worcester Head Start
  • Worcester State University
  • YMCA of Central Massachusetts
  • YWCA of Central Massachusetts