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. We can work with all ages, from 1 to 90 years old!
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 in 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.
King’s Speech and Learning Center uses a holistic approach to provide speech-language 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 (including geriatric), and Auditory Processing Disorders, as well as the general population without disabilities who are interested in self improvement and/or career growth. We offer speech-language therapy, social communication training and public speaking.
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, and Orton Gillingham approach
- Selective Mutism
American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Connecticut Speech Language and Hearing Association, International Dyslexia Association, Autism Society of Connecticut, Autism Speaks, Decoding Dyslexia of CT
Laura (Bartus) Eldridge, M.S., CCC-SLP
joined our team after relocating to Connecticut from the Boston area where she worked in a private speech center for four years. Laura is highly skilled in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders and general speech and language developmental disorders, and is trained in the PROMPT approach to remediate speech 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.
Sarah Bajger M.A., CCC-SLP
is a licensed speech-language pathologist and certified structured literacy/dyslexia interventionist. Sarah received her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. She has worked within the public school system serving students with a variety of needs. Sarah is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and is skilled in treating dyslexia, phonological disorders, and language-based learning disabilities. Sarah strives to make therapy functional, engaging, and fun for her clients.
Vicki Holbrook Duran, M.A., CCC/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.
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
Lesley Wolk, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
is a speech-language pathologist in Connecticut. She has worked clinically in the field for over 30 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. She 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 is currently working with both children and adults with fluency disorders.
Lisa J. Siana, M.A., CCC-SLP
is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has experience working with children of all ages, ranging from preschool through adolescence, and enjoys engaging with children and families. Lisa completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorder from the University of Connecticut, and went on to complete her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Long Island University, Post Campus. She previously worked in New York City Charter schools prior to moving to Connecticut in 2013. Lisa is a PROMPT trained therapist with a wealth of expertise in developmental speech-language disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She currently works in our Cromwell office, as well as for Windsor Public Schools.