Lowell, MA | Thom Anne Sullivan Center

Thom Anne Sullivan Center 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.


126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell, MA 01852

Pam Wolfe, Director
Phone: (978) 453-8331
Fax: (978) 453-9254
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00

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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 Provide

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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Pregnancy & Newborn Support

Thom Child & Family Services offers free home visits to pregnant women, new mothers and their infants who live in the Greater Lowell area.

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Welcome Family

Welcome Family is a free, voluntary program for mothers and their newborn babies. This is a universal program available to all mothers and newborns who reside in the Greater Lowell area or gave birth at Lowell General Hospital. Welcome Family provides mothers with a one-time nurse home visit, valuable community information and a Welcome Family gift bag.

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Early Intervention Programs

Anne Sullivan Center Groups offer developmentally appropriate activities for infants and toddlers. Groups also 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, while others include typically developing peers. The Anne Sullivan Early Intervention Program currently offers the following groups:

▸Parent/Infant Groups

Planned for children who are younger than 18 months and their parent or primary caregiver

▸ Parent/Toddler Groups

Designed for children who are older than 18 months and their parent or primary caregiver

▸ Toddler Groups

For children 24 months or older who may attend, when appropriate, without their parent or primary caregiver present

▸ Parent Support Groups

Held during the day while toddlers attend playgroup (The Anne Sullivan Center also offers evening, parent only groups for support and education.)

Specialty Groups include:

  • Jump, Jiggle and Jive™ and Kindermusik™, movement and music based groups for parents and children.
  • Toddler Groups in child care settings.

Pregnancy & Newborn Support

Thom Anne Sullivan Center’s Early Intervention Partnerships Pregnancy and Newborn Support Program offers free home visits to pregnant women, new mothers and their infants who live in the Greater Lowell area of Massachusetts.

Thom Pregnancy and Newborn Support Programs provide home visits that focus on helping pregnant women access prenatal care and engage in healthy behaviors. After the baby is born, Thom Pregnancy and Newborn Support Programs help new parents to do what's best for their babies' optimal growth and development through the first year. Home visits can help with:

  • Prenatal advice and support
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Health and parenting education
  • Questions about child development
  • Referrals for help with housing, health, education economic and/or community support
Tami Marshall, Program Coordinator
Phone: (978) 453-8331 x1102
Fax: (978) 453-9254
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00

126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell, MA 01852

The Pregnancy and Newborn Support Program can provide services to women and their families when:
  • Mother is less than 20 years old and has 2 children (including current pregnancy) OR less than 22 years old and has 3 children (including current pregnancy)
  • There is violence in the home
  • There was a previous poor birth outcome including premature birth
  • There has been inadequate prenatal care
  • Mother is homeless or housing is unstable
  • There is a history of maternal depression
  • There is a history of using substances that pose a danger for the unborn child including alcohol and tobacco

Welcome Family

Welcome Family is a free, voluntary program for mothers and their newborn babies. This is a universal program available to all mothers and newborns who reside in the Greater Lowell area or gave birth at Lowell General Hospital. Welcome Family provides mothers with a one-time nurse home visit, valuable community information and a Welcome Family gift bag.

The Welcome Family program is a free, voluntary program funded by a grant from the Department of Public Health for mothers and their newborn babies. This is a universal program available to all new mothers and babies who reside in Lowell and/or all Massachusetts mothers who give birth at Lowell General Hospital. All mothers with newborns (custodial, noncustodial, foster, and adoptive) giving birth or residing in Lowell are eligible. The Welcome Family program provides a one time home visit by a Thom Anne Sullivan Center maternal child health nurse and a follow-up phone call after the visit.

The visit will be provided up to 8 weeks after your hospital discharge. After a referral is received, you will be contacted by our Welcome Family staff to schedule your visit during a time that is convenient for you and your family. A variety of topics will be discussed during the visit by completing a family health assessment to help our staff learn about you and your new baby. The health assessment includes newborn weight, breastfeeding, and maternal health. There will also be ample time for discussion between the mother and the Welcome Family nurse. A Welcome Family gift bag will be provided at each visit.

The goal of this program is to provide support and assistance to promote the health and well-being of the mother and newborn. We are able to assist families with accessing community resources when needed and to provide information about available resources. Our program can make referrals to appropriate community agencies as requested by families. Welcome Family home visits provide new mothers an opportunity to ask questions, receive answers, and gain access to a wide variety of community resources all within the comfort of their own surroundings.

Referrals to this program can be made by Lowell General Hospital staff, community agencies, and families.

126 Phoenix Avenue
Lowell, MA 01852

Olivia Paquette
Program Coordinator

Phone: (978) 453-8331 x1140
Fax: (978) 453-9254
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00

Other Program Services

Other Program Services

  • Autism Services
  • Community Developmental Screenings
  • Behavioral Consultation and Evaluation
  • Consultation and Technical Assistance to Child Care Providers
  • Parent Resource Library
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • Accident and Injury Prevention, made possible through generous funding from the Cummings Foundation. Learn more about the Cummings Foundation.

Workshops for parents and other members of the community include:

  • Red Flags - Identifying Developmental Concerns
  • Sign Language
  • Behavior
  • Turning Three (Transitioning from Early Intervention)
  • Sensory Integration
  • Language Development
  • The Value of Play
  • Augmentative Communication

Collaboration and Linkages with:

  • Lowell Family Foundation Network
  • Lowell Family Literacy Center
  • Lowell, Greater Lowell and Westford Community Partnerships
  • MSPCC Healthy Families

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Meet Our Staff

Thom Anne Sullivan Center Early Intervention

Thom Anne Sullivan Center 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 Anne Sullivan Center employs over 100 full and part-time staff members: teachers, nurses, social workers and therapists. Many are fluent in languages other than English including: Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer, Hindi, Vietnamese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Cantonese and Sign Language.

Meet some of our dedicated staff:

Reena is a developmental specialist with advanced degrees in both early childhood development and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked with children for 25 years, including 6 in early intervention at the Thom Anne Sullivan Center. She is a certified early intervention specialist, a team leader, and the autism coordinator for the program. Reena has an extensive background in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders including certifications in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Developmental Individual Relationship Based Model (DIR), and The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Additionally, Reena is trained in the Newborn Behavioral Observations Training System (NBO) through the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Katie is a registered nurse with 25 years experience, including working with toddlers in the classroom, working as an elementary school Nurse and both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. She is a certified early intervention specialist and has worked in early intervention for 5 years. Katie is also certified as an infant massage educator and specializes in working with child with complex medical needs and providing parenting education and support.

Liz is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW) who has worked in early intervention for 5 years. Prior to early intervention Liz worked as a family advocate through the Head Start Program and as a certified behavioral health professional providing in-home services and community support for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Liz is a certified early intervention specialist and is also certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Liz’s areas of specialty include: community resources, parenting education and support, social emotional development, and supporting children with challenging behaviors and sensory needs.

Susan is a physical therapist with 25 years experience in the field. Susan has worked in both inpatient and outpatient programs providing both acute rehabilitative care and outpatient care. Susan enjoys traveling and sharing her skills with families in need. Susan has been working in early intervention for approximately 3 years and specializes in working with infants and children with torticollis.

Laureen is a developmental specialist with 23 years experience in early childhood education as a classroom teacher, assistant director, and special needs coordinator. Laureen has worked in early intervention at the Thom Anne Sullivan Center for 5 years. She is a certified early intervention specialist and is also certified in infant massage. Laureen’s areas of specialty include: young parent support and infant/toddler groups.

Stephanie is a licensed speech and language pathologist with 7 years experience in early intervention. She is a certified early intervention specialist with additional training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the PROMPT technique. Stephanie’s areas of specialty include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, low tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and motor speech disorders.

Ellen is a Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 5 years experience in the care of medically fragile children and helping moms through the early postpartum period. She recently obtained her MSN in Nursing Education and became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). In her spare time, she loves to crochet and volunteer her time.

Olivia has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She has many years experience working in the field of woman’s health, as well as working with individuals with disabilities. As Program Coordinator, Olivia is dedicated to supporting the Welcome Family nurses and families after the birth of their baby. Olivia enjoys time with her growing family, including her fourteen nieces and nephews.

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