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 37 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- IDA certified; 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
Chelsea Domian, M.S., CCC-SLP, Office Manager
Joined our team during her Clinical Fellowship after working in the public schools. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University and her Bachelor of Arts from Assumption College. Her passions include early language development, speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech, and social language skills. Chelsea is a Natural Language Acquisition trained clinician, often found to be the natural way autistic children develop language. Chelsea’s passion for the field of speech-language pathology stems from her love for her older sister, who has intellectual disabilities. Chelsea serves in both our Avon and Cromwell offices.
Jenna Lovechio, M.S. CCC-SLP
joined our team during her Clinical Fellowship experience. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Sciences, and Disorders from Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Jenna worked in the field as a Speech-Language-Pathologist Assistant in Springfield Public Schools in Massachusetts for a few years before pursuing graduate school. She then received a Master of Science in Speech-Language-Pathology from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut where she graduated with honors. Jenna has experience working in the school system with grades K-12. She has experience providing speech, language, and social skills therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Jenna is passionate about speech sound disorders and improving language and social skills.
Hannah Bassett M.S. CF-SLP
Joined the King’s Speech and Learning Center team during her graduate intern experience and decided to come back for her Clinical Fellowship. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate Speech-Language-Pathology degrees from Southern Connecticut State University. Hannah has experience working with both children and adults, as well as experience working within the school system. Hannah’s special interests include: expressive language delays, dyslexia, cognitive functioning, and fluency.
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 part time in our Avon office.
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
Makenna Calabrese, MS CF-SLP
joined our team during her clinical fellowship. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. She has experience in providing speech, language, and feeding therapy to children and adolescents. Her passions include early language development, social language skills, and remediation of childhood apraxia of speech. She is level one PROMPT trained, an approach that remediates speech disorders. Makenna services children in the CREC school district and in our Avon office.
Caroline LaPlante, M.S. CCC-SLP
is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She received her B.A. degree in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Elms College in 1984, her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University in 1986, and completed the PhD. coursework from the University of Massachusetts. She has extensively studied Communication Disorders for adults and children with a background in Public Health. Caroline has 36 years experience working in a variety of settings, treating preschool to adults with a variety of medical conditions and learning disabilities. Carolne has a vast knowledge in adult and child neurological disorders and also works within the school system. Caroline's special interests include neurological disorders, speech sound disorders, expressive language, new technology in speech-language pathology, and foreign accents. She is a member of the American Speech -Language Hearing association and holds licensure in multiple states.