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

Chrissy Kammel, 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™

Parents/caregivers and their children play together to develop skills through singing and movement. We incorporate a circle time, story time, art activities and some simple “yoga” during our time together.

Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Ages 12-24 months)


▸ Music and Movement

This group is a music and movement group for children and caregivers to join our Music Therapist as they are encouraged to work on and master new skills and concepts. We use songs and musical instruments to support developing a sense of rhythm, body awareness, communication (including imitation skills and following directions) and social interaction skills. Parents actively participate in this group with their children. Siblings under 3 years are also welcome to join us!

Wednesdays 9:00-9:45 AM (Ages 18-36 months)
Fridays 3:15-4:00 PM (Ages 18-36 months)


▸ Toddler Times

Toddlers need routines and love repetition. We choose developmentally appropriate activities that young children enjoy that encourage language use, imitation, following directions and peer interaction. The schedule includes circle time, fine and gross motor play and snack time. The group is structured and engaging for toddlers and they have fun.

Mondays 10:00-11:00 AM (Ages 18-36 months)


▸ Floor Time Together

Children and parents learn ways to address sensory and emotional regulatory difficulties, joint attention, engagement, and two-way communication. We provide a consistent play routine including songs, movement-based play, books and art or sensory activities. Together we foster positive parent-child interactions through our group routines!

Mondays 3:30-4:30 PM (Ages 24-36 months)


▸ Playful Pals

A wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities are offered based on the needs/interests of children and are structured to follow a consistent routine. Groups incorporate, circle time, fine and gross motor activities, snack and story time. This group promotes language skills, imitation, learning to follow directions, socialization, motor development and independence with self-care skills. We encourage parents to bring any questions they may have about child development for discussion with our group.

Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 AM (Ages 18-36 months)


▸ Little Stars

Toddlers need routines and love repetition. This group offers developmentally appropriate activities based on the needs/interests of young children and is structured to follow a consistent routine. The group includes circle time and fine and gross motor activities as well as a snack and promotes language skills, imitation, following directions, socialization, independence with self-care skills and stimulating motor play.

Thursdays 9:00-10:00 AM (Ages 24-36 months)


▸ Parent-Tot Connection: Shakers and Movers

Parents/caregivers attend this group with their babies and tots and have the opportunity to realize their value as their child’s first and most important teacher. Parents discover new ways to interact with their child as well as informally socialize, find and provide support with other parents. Our Music Therapist joins us as we use songs and musical instruments to support developing a sense of rhythm, body awareness, communication (including imitation skills and following directions) and social interaction skills. Presentations from EI specialists of various disciplines are available on an ongoing basis.

Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 AM (Ages newborn to 36 months)


▸ Tremendos Pequenos

This group is conducted in Spanish. Children and parents have fun in our group! We start with saying hello to everyone; other activities include: singing familiar songs together, playing peek a boo with the help of a video, movement time, art activity, snack, and story and puzzle.

Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 AM (Ages 12-36 months)


▸ Parent and Me Music Group

Parents/caregivers attend this group with their babies and have the opportunity to realize their value as their child’s first and most important teacher. Parents discover new ways to interact with their child as well as informally socialize, find and provide support with other parents. Our Music Therapist joins us for songs and musical fun. Presentations from EI specialists of various disciplines are available on an ongoing basis.

Wednesdays 10:15-11:00 AM (Ages newborn until walking)


▸ Parent Group

This is a parent group for Spanish speaking families to 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.

Wednesdays 4:00-4:30 PM (for parents of children ages 0-3)


▸ Yoga and Uke

This is a multicultural group speaking in Spanish and English and we hope to add more languages in the future. It will be open for toddlers 18 months to 36 months and their care givers. Community children are welcome. The group has a variety of activities to enhance learning with an emphasis on body awareness through yoga, movement, music (singing and dancing) and breathing exercises! This includes partner work with caregivers.

Thursdays 10:00-10:45 AM (Ages 18-36 months)

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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