About Us

Our Mission Statement

King’s Speech and Learning Center has a team of specialized therapists and educators to meet the individual needs of their clients, we strive to hire the most dedicated and passionate professionals to support our mission to train speech, social, academic and life skills for success in the 21st Century.
Our Story

King’s Speech and Learning Center began seven years go as Wait Your Turn, LLC in Avon. Wait Your Turn was formed to to focus on the functional or pragmatic aspects of communication problems. This meant working extensively with our young client’s caregivers and family to address the daily issues affected by communication and learning challenges. For teens and adults, this meant incorporating meaningful contexts into the therapy process, such as career or homework tasks, interviewing,  public speaking, and informal social conversations.
“Wait Your Turn” was chosen to emphasize the importance of a give- and- take structures in order to balance interactions and strengthen social connections. Wait Your Turn, LLC incorporated this structures for all of its speech- language programming for both children and adults.
As a result of our enormous response to such a functional treatment approach, it became necessary to expand in size, name, demographics, and scope of practice. As of September 1, 2011, Wait Your Turn, LLC moved to Simsbury, added a second location in New Britain (although now Cromwell), and changed its name to King’s Speech and Learning Center. Named after the award winning movie, the name reflects our goal to always keep our clients’ emotional side in mind, and our therapists’ coaching side in mind as we work together to achieve success. The name, “Wait Your Turn” will continue to live on as the name of our social communication program for pragmatic language disorders.
About Us- King’s Speech and Learning Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide educational and rehabilitation services for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome, second language learners, ADD/ADHD, shyness, social anxiety/selective mutism, speech-language delays, Sensory Processing Disorders, Apraxia, Stuttering, Dyslexia, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, and Auditory Processing Disorders, as well as the general population without disabilities. We offer speech-language therapy,occupational therapy, and educational advocacy.

Speech-Language Pathology

Judith Rosenfield, M.A., CCC-SLP

is a licensed speech-language pathologist, and Director/Owner of the King’s Speech and Learning Center.She has 30 years of experience treating patients of all ages and medical needs, and supervising and managing teams of speech-language pathologists. Before developing the Wait Your Turn  program, and opening King’s Speech and Learning Center, Judith was the former owner of Swallowing Diagnostics, LLC  which provides portable endoscopy studies to hospitals and nursing centers throughout New England.

As a mother of four children, she understands the reality of parenting and the importance of building skills from each individual’s unique set of gifts. Ms. Rosenfield received her B.A. degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 1983, her M.A. degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1985 from the Ohio State University where she extensively studied adult-child conversational language development, and completed several Ph.D. courses at the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Generalized Language Learning in Developmentally Delayed Preschoolers.
Areas of specialized training:
Adult-Child Joint Activity Routines with Dr. James MacDonald, Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University
DIR/Floortime training by Dr. Stanley Greenspan
Scerts® model by Amy Wetherby
Asperger’s Syndrome by Timothy Kowalski
Therapeutic Listening
Dyslexia Intervention-Passed the IDA reading intervention exam; experienced in Wilson Reading System; O.G. associates level application is in progress
Selective Mutism

Warren Adams, M.S., CCC-SLP

is an energetic and compassionate addition to KSLC. Warren is a graduate of Southern Connecticut University’s speech-language pathology program with a strong background in both rehabilitation from his training at Gaylord Hospital, and education from his current work at Berlin Public Schools. Warren is a knowledgeable clinician with a respectful and caring manner which serves him well at “coaching” his clients to
success. Warren enjoys managing a variety of communication disorders across children and adult populations, though has a particular specialty in neurogenic stuttering disorders.

Laura Bartus, M.S., CCC-SLP

joined our team after relocating to Connecticut from the Boston area where she worked in a private speech center for the past four years. Laura has a great deal of experience in the areas of  autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, auditory processing disorders and general speech and language developmental disorders. She is an enthusiastic clinician who knows how to bring out the best in her clients. Laura received her Master of Science degree from William Paterson University in New Jersey, and her Bachelor of Science from Elmira College in New York. Laura works full time in our Avon office where she assists in the managerial aspects of our center in addition to her clinical work.

Llee A. Hardy, M.S., CCC-SLP/TSLD

is an innovative and strategic licensed speech-language pathologist with a passion for providing speech and language therapy services to children and adolescents. Llee has worked throughout the Hartford Public School district in a variety of schools as well as within many specialized programs. In addition to providing services to our families at our Simsbury Office Llee is currently the lead/supervising speech-language pathologist for the Early Childhood Assessment Team for Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, CT as well as a chart auditor for Seabury Nursing Home in Bloomfield, CT. In addition to providing speech and language therapy and evaluations, areas of specialized training include literacy (Haskins and Orton-Gillingham), Hanen Therapy and LSVT. Llee completed her undergraduate degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and her masters at Columbia University in 2010 where she completed her field experience across NYC, Ghana, West Africa and Bolivia, La Paz.

Jillian Mooney, M.A., CCC-SLP

is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for making speech therapy a fun yet educational experience for both clients and their families. Jillian enjoys making therapy as individualized as possible for every client. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at St. John’s University in New York. She went on to graduate with her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University in New York. Jillian has vast experiences with a diverse population of speech and language disorders. She has worked in multiple settings, including home health, private practices, and public schools. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Jillian lived in Dallas, Texas for four years working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in four elementary schools in the public school system. She also worked at a clinic servicing clients of all ages during after school hours. In addition to serving families in our Avon office, Jillian serves as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the West Hartford Public Schools.

Samantha Pare, M.S., CCC-SLP

Is a seasoned speech pathologist with a wealth of experience across childhood, adolescent and adult populations. Samantha received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She is very dedicated to her clients in helping them reach their full potential, and works well to collaborate with families and related providers. She is a true asset to our team, and works out of our Cromwell office.

Andrea Pascariello, M.A., CF-SLP

Andrea Pascariello

graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont. She then returned to her home state where she completed her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Connecticut. Andrea enjoys working with individuals of all ages and their families. She has had experience working in an acute care setting, a rehabilitation hospital, an elementary school, as well as a university speech and hearing clinic. Andrea strives to develop and utilize creative treatment activities to address each client’s individualized goals. Andrea is also dedicated to continuing education to receive additional, specialized training to further enhance her clinical skills. Her special interests include childhood apraxia of speech, alternative augmentative communication (AAC), and aphasia. Andrea works for KSLC full time, and is in both our Avon and Cromwell offices.

Lesley Wolk, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

is a speech-language pathologist in Connecticut. She has worked clinically in the field for over 25 years. She received her Masters in Speech Pathology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and her PhD in communication sciences and disorders from Syracuse University in New York. She has had extensive experience in providing speech , language and voice services to both children and adults. Lesley has also held several university academic positions in both Connecticut and New York. She enjoys both teaching students and research in the field, with special interests in stuttering , neurological conditions, articulation and voice disorders. She has presented scientific and clinical papers at several national and international conferences, and published papers in many professional journals. Her research on vocal fry in young adults was featured on the Today Show in December, 2011. She currently treats both children and adults.

Occupational Therapy

Erica Klimek MS/OTR/L

holds her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and her masters in Occupational Therapy also from Sacred Heart University . She currently works full time for ACES and delivers school based occupational therapy services to students. She also has experience working in a private pediatric clinic for 3 years. She is a certified provider in Integrated Listening System and has attended multiple conferences on sensory integration. Erica is passionate about working with children and dedicated to helping them learn and develop skills that they need to succeed in their daily life.