Springfield, MA | Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services
Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services 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.
1506A Allen Street
Springfield, MA 01118
Phone: (413) 783-5500
Fax: (413) 782-7612
Hours: 8:30 - 4:30
Communities We Serve:
- East Longmeadow
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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 (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.
Regional Consultation Programs (RCPs) provide consultation, family support, and community-wide workshops and training in Massachusetts. Eligible children must be enrolled in a certified Early Intervention Program and meet one or more of the following criteria: the child has extensive medical and/or healthcare needs, complex care needs, or multiple disabilities.
Thom Child & Family Services offers free home visits to pregnant women, new mothers and their infants who live in the Springfield and Greater Lowell areas of Massachusetts.
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 Springfield or gave birth at Mercy Medical Center. Welcome Family provides mothers with a one-time nurse home visit, valuable community information and a Welcome Family gift bag.
Early Intervention Programs
▸ Baby & Me Group
Meets at our Allen St. site, on Mondays from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. The group is for parents and their babies who are younger than 18 months old. It provides time for parents and babies to share and learn from each other and from Early Intervention staff members. The group supports parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher and is open to both families of babies who are enrolled in Early Intervention and community families.
▸ Parent/Child Playgroup
For toddlers and their parents to share a morning of play and interaction with other families. This group has a routine of free play time, circle time, snack and activities. Parents experience new activities with their child and have informal opportunities to connect with other parents. Toddlers experience new activities, begin to enjoy play with their peers and learn the routines of group. This group meets at Colonial Estates Community Room every Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 AM, and at our Allen St. site on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 AM.
▸ Toddler Times
While each Toddler Times group is somewhat different, based on the ages and needs/interests of the children attending, there are some common threads. All Toddler Times groups offer a language rich, nurturing and safe environment where children have the opportunity to explore and play with their peers. Early Intervention staff maintain a consistent routine of activities including free play, motor play, snack, circle time, pretend and manipulative play. The high staff to child ratio, with at least one adult to every three children, allows staff to assist toddlers to play and learn in all areas of development.
Toddler Times groups are held at our Allen Street, Bicentennial Plaza program site in Springfield on the following days and times:
- Mondays – 12:30-2:30
- Tuesdays – 9:30–11:30 , 12:30-2:30, 1:00-3:00
- Wednesdays – 9:30–11:30
- Thursdays – 9:00–11:00 & 11:30–1:30
- Fridays – 9:30–11:30
▸ Feeding Group
Our specialized Feeding Group helps parents/caregivers and their young children, ages 18-34 months, who are having challenges with eating. A registered dietitian leads the group with assistance from an occupational therapist and a speech language pathologist. Participants will receive a high level of individualized attention to accommodate each child's unique feeding needs. This group meets for 12 weeks on Fridays from 12:00-2:00 PM.
All groups are open to families from Early Intervention as well as community families. Transportation to and from the group is only available to families with children who are enrolled in the Early Intervention program.
Thom Western Regional Consultation Program (WRCP) is committed to providing consultation, family support, and community-wide workshops and training in the western region of Massachusetts. Eligible children must be enrolled in a certified Early Intervention Program and meet one or more of the following criteria: the child has extensive medical and/or healthcare needs, complex care needs, or multiple disabilities.
Thom’s Western RCP provides support for family members that help them to care for their child with complex needs. The RCP also provides support for Early Intervention and Child Care providers to raise community awareness and capacity to care for children with multiple disabilities at home and in other early education and care environments.
RCP services are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Medicaid, Health Insurance and Health Maintenance Organizations, and through grants and charitable contributions.
Thom’s Western RCP services include:
- Child Specific Consultations which provide technical assistance to families or caregivers regarding a child’s individual special needs including help with: positioning, feeding, oral motor skill development, augmentative communication strategies, sensory motor needs, other needs, including preschool inclusion.
- Community Workshops and Training to build capacity and encourage inclusion of young children with special needs in the typical daily activities of their communities.
- Family Support Services which provide information, resources and referrals to: Parent Support and Education Groups, CPR and First Aid Training, Parent-to-Parent and Family-to-Family Activities, Respite Care, Child Care Voucher Referrals.
- Equipment Loan Program for participating families and child care providers.
1506A Allen Street, Bicentennial Plaza
Melody Robbins, Coordinator
Springfield, MA 01118
Phone: (413) 783-5500 x116
Cell: (774) 503-4705
Fax: (413) 782-7612
Hours: 8:30 - 4:30
- Developmental Specialists
- Nutritionists and Feeding Specialists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Social Workers
- Special Educators
- Speech and Language Pathologists
Pregnancy & Newborn Support
Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Service’s Early Intervention Partnerships Pregnancy and Newborn Support Program offers free home visits to pregnant women, new mothers and their infants who live in Springfield, MA.
Thom Pregnancy and Newborn Support Programs provide home visits that focus on helping pregnant women access pre-natal 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.
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
1506A Allen Street, Bicentennial Plaza
Ruth Rivera, Program Coordinator
Springfield, MA 01118
Phone: (413) 783-5500 x25
Fax: (413) 782-7612
Hours: 8:30 - 4:30
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- Prenatal advice & support
- Breastfeeding information & support
- Health & parenting education
- Questions about child development
- Referrals for help with housing, health, education economic and/or community support
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 Springfield and/or gave birth at Mercy Medical Center. All mothers with newborns (custodial, noncustodial, foster, and adoptive) giving birth or residing in Springfield are eligible. The Welcome Family program provides a one time home visit by a Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services 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 Mercy Medical Center staff, community agencies, and families.
Other Program Services
On-site Screenings, Consultation and Trainings for parents and providers can be provided at the following affiliated community sites:
- Early Childhood Centers, Springfield
- NES (Northern Educational Services) and Teen Home
- Square One Childcare
- Early Headstart Program
- Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA)
- WIC Programs
- Mason Square Health Center
- Prime Time Nursery School, East Longmeadow
- Kid's Place, Wilbraham
- Collaboration and Linkages with:
- Springfield Early Care & Education Partnership
- East Longmeadow, Wilbraham and Hampden Community Partnership
- Special Healthcare Needs
- Sign Language
- Public Benefits
- Music Therapy
- Sensory Integration
- Lending Library
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Meet Our Staff
Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services
Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services 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 Springfield Infant Toddler employs more than 75 full and part-time staff members: nurses, teachers, counselors, social workers, and therapists. Many therapists provide specialized services, such as infant massage instruction, nutrition and feeding interventions, and we have employees who are fluent in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali and Sign Language.
Meet some of our dedicated staff:
Karen is an assistant Team Leader and Occupational Therapist who has been with the program since 2012. Before working in Early Intervention, Karen worked in an elementary school as a paraprofessional, assisting children with mild to severe disabilities for more than 7 years. She is knowledgeable on the topics of torticollis, vestibular protocols, toe-walking, and sensory processing in young children and has a strong interest in continuing to learn and sharing her expertise in these areas.
Katie, a Team Leader with Thom SITS, is a Speech and Language Pathologist and has been with the program since 2010. She has specialized skills in helping children who have an autism spectrum disorder, teaching social communication skills and employing the methods of SCERTS intervention. She also assists in our 12-week Feeding Group, helping children who have feeding difficulties. In addition to the skilled supervision she provides our therapists, Katie also teaches at Bay Path University's Early Intervention Certificate Program. Her interest in helping others has no borders, as she traveled to Zambia with C.L.A.S.P. International to help start their first speech therapy graduate program.
Lynn is a Team Leader and has been with Thom SITS over 14 years. She is a dedicated Speech and Language Pathologist who has a wide range of experience working with children who have feeding challenges, processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication differences. She has a strong background in teaching young children and their families how to use alternative methods of communication. Lynn helps her team of therapists learn more about communication and child development through reflective supervision and hands-on teaching. She has assisted numerous graduate students from local colleges gain the experience and knowledge needed to receive their full credentials. Lynn has been a guest lecturer at Springfield College and regularly supervises students in their communication disorders program. She teaches workshops on communication for local childcare providers and hosts Baystate Medical Center Pediatricians who join her on home visits as part of their residency.
Amy is the Coordinator of the Thom Western Regional Consultation Program. She is a developmental specialist with 8 years of experience in early intervention. During her career, Amy has worked with children and families with an array of needs, including complex medical needs, with a focus on supporting the whole family. She also comes to the RCP with experience as a parent of a child with complex care needs. In her work, Amy has collaborated with families, medical professionals, and other community partners to support the families with whom she works. She is especially excited to bring families support where they can meet and learn from one another, knowing they are not alone.