Westfield, MA | Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services
Thom Westfield 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.
209 Root Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Phone: (413) 568-3942
Fax: (413) 568-5983
Hours: 8:00 - 5:00
Communities We Serve:
- West Springfield
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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.
Early Intervention Programs
In addition to traditional Early Intervention services, Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services offers specialized programming for children and families. Additional services include:
- Behavior Management Consultation Services for Childcare Providers
- Trainings for Professionals in the Childcare & Early Childhood Fields
- Speech and Language Consultation Services for Childcare Providers
- Autism and Behavioral Services
- Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support Program
Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services offers toddler groups for children 18-36 months old. Our staff is trained in techniques to maximize your child’s socialization and developmental skills and we always maintain a 3:1 staff/child ratio. Our groups include children receiving early intervention services as well as their typically developing community peers when space is available. There is also a nominal fee to cover snack and art materials ($10 for 3 months).
If you are interested in your child attending one of our playgroups or have questions about which playgroup might be the best match for your child please contact us Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm at (413) 568-3942 or send us an email.
▸ Little Adventurer’s Club
A drop-off Community Playgroup held at Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services. These groups are semi-structured and include activities to promote skills in all areas of development such as language, social skills, sensory, gross and fine motor. Activities include art, snack time, song time, outdoor play (weather permitting), etc. Parents are not required to attend with their child.
Monday through Friday - 9:30 to 12:00
Monday & Wednesday - 1:00 to 3:00
▸ Little Explorer's Community Playgroups
Held at Hope Community Church, this playgroup includes free play, sensory exploration, art, snack time, gross and fine motor activities plus story time and songs. This playgroup is a wonderful option for families considering Headstart as a pre-school choice, but is open to all families within the community. Parents are not required to attend with their child.
Tuesday - 9:30 to 12:00
Wednesday - 9:30 to 12:00
▸ Parent/Child Groups
This group is held at Church of the Atonement in Westfield and parents are encouraged to participate in activities together with their children. Free play and organized group activities such as art, music and motor games, as well as a healthy snack, are offered. Activities are geared for children who are 15-36 months old. Parents are required to attend this group with their child.
Monday - 9:00 to 10:30
Friday - 9:30 to 11:00
▸ SAG - Skills Acquisition Group
This hour long group, held at Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services and hosted by our BASE (Behavioral, Autism, SCERTS® Education) staff, is designed for children who may need additional adult assistance to participate successfully in a playgroup. Children will be exposed slowly to the routine of playgroup as well as managing behaviors and sensory needs. This group experience is intended to be short term (about 3 months) followed by a transition into one of our 2 1/2 hour playgroups.
Thursday - 1:00 to 2:00
▸ MUSIC Group
Parents come with their children to develop skills through singing and movement. You and your child will love singing and moving to music. The age range for this group is 6 months to 3 years. Siblings under 3 years are also welcome to join us! This group runs in 8 week sessions at Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services.
Wednesday - 1:00 to 2:00
▸ TAG - Transitional Acquisition Group
This two hour long playgroup, hosted by our BASE (Behavioral, Autism, SCERTS Education) team, offers 2 on 1 support to help your child with routines and socialization in order to create a successful transition into a 2.5 hour playgroup. This group is held at Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services.
Monday - 1:00 to 3:00
▸ Swim Group
Held at Roots Aquatics Center, parents and children work on developing skills in the water while having fun. This group is run in 8 week sessions and is for children 8 months to 3 years of age. The program consists of 30 minute swim classes followed by a 15 minute craft activity and circle time. There is a one-time $20 fee for the 8 week session.
Thursday - 9:00 to 10:00
Thursday - 11:00 to 12:00
Latest News From Our Office
- An article recently published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders details the work being done by principal investigator, Roula Choueiri, MD, from the Division […]
- Thom Child and Family Services wishes a happy and healthy retirement to Lorraine Sanik, who served as an early intervention Director for 43 years. Lorraine was […]
- Thom Child and Family Services has gratefully received a generous contribution from the Dean Foundation for Little Children. The Dean Foundation is a family organization that […]
- Thom Child and Family Services operates two Welcome Family programs, one at our Thom Anne Sullivan Center in Lowell, and the other in Springfield through Thom […]
Meet Our Staff
Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services
Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services (WITS) 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 Westfield Infant Toddler employs over 70 full and part-time staff members: teachers, counselors, nurses, social workers and therapists, many of them fluent in Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian and Sign Language.
Meet some of our dedicated staff:
Barb has worked at Thom WITS as parent liaison for twenty years. Her involvement with Early Intervention began after her son, now 36, was enrolled in the program. Barb’s work at Thom WITS includes being a transition specialist, resource coordinator and advisor to staff who are working on Early Intervention Specialist Certification just to name a few.
Courtney is a Speech and Language Pathologist who has worked at Thom WITS for Fifteen years. She has a special interest in working with children who have childhood apraxia of speech, oral motor and/or feeding difficulties. Courtney and other members of the Thom WITS team are also working hard to improve outcomes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Courtney is also trained in the SCERTS model. SCERTS focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotion Regulation and Transactional Support for children with moderate to severe Speech and Language delays. Courtney is also our Clinical Coordinator.
Marion has been an Early Intervention Social Worker for twenty one years. Prior to Early Intervention she worked as an Outreach Therapist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In her spare time, Marion composed an “EI Theme Song” which Thom WITS staff members have been known, on occasion, to perform. Marion is also a Team Leader.
Melissa hails originally from Oklahoma. She has worked as an Early Intervention Occupational Therapist in both Massachusetts and Arizona and has been with WITS for the past fifteen years. Prior to working in Early Intervention, Melissa worked with adults who were recovering from Stroke and as a Pediatric Mental Health Counselor. Her areas of special interest include feeding, motor development and prematurity. She is also the proud mom of three very busy girls. Melissa is also a Team Leader.
- Early Childhood Educators
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Speech & Language Pathologists
- Behavioral Specialist
- Social Workers
- SCERTS Specialists
- Nutritionist/Registered Dietitian
- Parent Liaison
- Registered Nurses
- Applied Behavioral Analyst Specialists
- Teacher Assistants
- Certified Parent Infant Massage Therapists