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
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 (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 and their families. Children can be eligible based upon developmental delays, identified disabilities, or certain birth or environmental circumstances that can put development at risk. Early Intervention services are provided in a child’s natural environment. Regular visits with Early Intervention providers can occur at home, at childcare, and in other community settings.
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Early Intervention Programs
▸ Music and Movement
This group is a music and movement group for children and caregivers to join our Speech-Language Pathologist and Educator 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! This group is held in coordination with the Watertown Family Center at the Hosmer School.
Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 AM (Ages 18-36 months)
▸ Floor Time Together
Children 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!
Tuesdays 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Ages 24-36 months)
▸ Tremendos Pequenos
This group is conducted in Spanish with the Waltham Family School. A wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities are offered based on the needs/interests of children and are structured to follow a consistent routine. Circle time, fine and gross motor activities, and story time are incorporated into the group. The 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.
Mondays 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Ages 24-36 months)
Other Program 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 40 full and part-time staff members: teachers, nurses, social workers, therapists and a psychologist. Many are fluent in languages other than English including: Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Sign Language, and Portuguese.
Meet some of our dedicated staff:
Ellen is a Developmental Psychologist with special expertise in children’s cognitive development, attention and behavior management. Ellen has over 20 years experience working with very young children and their families.
Fran is a Developmental Educator. She has more than 25 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.
Anita is a Registered Nurse who speaks English and Spanish. She specializes in working with infants who have had difficult starts to life, as well as helping families from diverse backgrounds access community resources and supports.
Mindy is a Physical Therapist who is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Infants and Children. With more than 30 years experience, Mindy especially appreciates her work with families on their “journey” towards better understanding of their child’s special needs. Mindy speaks English and some Spanish.
- Early Childhood Educators
- Psychology Specialists
- Speech & Language Pathologists
- Social Workers
- Music Therapist
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists