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.
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.
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.
American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Connecticut Speech Language and Hearing Association, Autism Society of Connecticut, Autism Speaks, Farmington SEPTA, Farmington Valley Asperger’s Network, Friendship Circle-West Hartford.
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
Niki Kovacs, M.A, CF-SLP
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.
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.
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/Home Sensory Diets
Shayna Klomberg, MSOTR/L
holds her bachelors of science in applied exercise science from Springfield College and her masters of education in occupational therapy also from Springfield College. She worked full-time as an occupational therapist at a private pediatric clinic in Farmington, CT for four years. Shayna is a certified provider in Integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome. She has also completed extensive training in sensory processing disorder and completed a mentorship with Lucy Jane Miller at the STAR center in Colorado. In addition to working at KSLC, she is currently working at Goodwin College as a fieldwork supervisor for occupational therapy assistant students completing their level II pediatric fieldwork placements.
Maggie Murphy, MSOTR/L
received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Connecticut, and continued her education at Springfield College receiving a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She currently works full time in a public school system serving children receiving special education services. Maggie is passionate about working with children and families with a variety of abilities and needs. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has attended 2 national AOTA conferences in 2014 and 2015.
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.
We have a pool of well trained and compassionate educational advocates, and attorneys who are willing to counsel our clients. Please let us know your needs so that we can decide together how to best help you.