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At TLC, we believe that building strong relationships is the key to success. Our team is here to support your child every step of the way, celebrating their achievements and guiding them through any obstacles they may encounter. 

Jackie and Risa have personally touched the lives of countless children and adults throughout their careers.  With their extensive knowledge and expertise, they have created a nurturing environment where each child receives the highest level of personalized care. Our team of extensively  trained professionals brings many decades of combined experience and innovative techniques to our practice.   Each member of the TLC  team is carefully selected for their expertise, professionalism, and dedication to providing top-notch services. We invite you to get better acquainted with our team by reviewing our profiles below. 

Jacqueline Klein, co-founder and director of Tools for Language and Communication, is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and licensed in the state of New York. She has been practicing speech/language pathology for over 30 years, in various school, clinical, and hospital settings. She received a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia University. Previous to this, Ms. Klein received a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Columbia University and worked as a special educator and learning specialist in New York City private schools.


As an expert in identifying and treating dyslexia, she provides high quality implementation of Orton Gillingham methodology and instruction. In addition to reading disorders, Ms.Klein specializes in language delays and disorders, auditory processing disorders, comprehensive speech and language evaluations, and educational planning and advocacy. She also treats children and adults with articulation disorders, pragmatic language disorders, autism, and apraxia.


She is trained in oral motor therapies, PROMPT technique, Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing , The Writing Revolution, and Orton Gillingham reading methodology. Ms. Klein is uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat children with broad-based speech, language, and written language difficulties with enthusiasm, expertise, and understanding. Over the course of her career, Ms. Klein has attended hundreds of CSE meetings, spoken to parent groups, been a guest speaker at New York Medical College, and delivered in-service presentations to teachers, speech pathologists, and other professionals in the Westchester area.

Jacqueline Klein, SLP

With over two decades of experience at TLC, Robyn Weindel is a seasoned speech-language pathologist. She holds a BS in Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology, both from Ithaca College. Robyn's impressive career spans institutions like St. Agnes Children’s Rehabilitation Center and Blythedale Children’s Hospital, where she honed her skills in various therapeutic techniques.


Robyn has extensive training in the treatment of childhood apraxia of speech, participating in continuing education courses, the Apraxia Kids National Convention, and consulting with top experts in the field. 

Additional training includes PROMPT, Sounds In Motion, The Affect-Based Language Curriculum, Cycles for Phonology, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, and Social Thinking.

Robyn brings her impressive knowledge and warm, playful style to her sessions with our youngest clients. 

Robyn Weindel, SLP

Risa Kirsh, co-founder and director of Tools for Language and Communication, brings more than 35 years of experience in speech-language pathology to the New York metropolitan area. She holds certifications from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in both New York and New Jersey.

Before relocating to Westchester County, Risa led the speech team at Lenox Hill Hospital while expanding her thriving private practice on the Upper East Side of New York City. Additionally, she served as senior speech pathologist both at North Shore University Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital.

Risa earned her master's degree from the University of Michigan, where she developed a passion for pediatric language and aphasia/apraxia. After moving to Westchester with her family, she joined the Sara Johnson clinic and received comprehensive training in motor speech and feeding disorders.

In her practice, Risa specializes in treating children and adults with motor, speech and articulation disorders. She also has expertise in language disorders, with a focus on Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, The Writing Revolution, auditory processing disorders, and pragmatic language. Risa enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with educators, families, fellow speech pathologists, and healthcare professionals in the community. Risa is also PROMPT trained, with extensive experience in orofacial myofunctional therapy.  

Risa approaches each client with compassion, care, and dedication, recognizing that effective communication is the cornerstone of future success.

Risa Kirsh, SLP

With over three decades of experience, Joyce is a distinguished professional in the field of speech and language pathology. Her journey began with a B.S. in Speech Pathology from SUNY Albany, followed by an M.S. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Joyce's expertise covers a wide range of areas, including articulation therapy, language disorders, social communication disorders, auditory processing, and adolescent language development. She has received additional training in programs such as Acoustic Pioneer, Lindamood Bell V+V, and The Writing Revolution, among others, to further benefit her clients. 

Throughout her career, Joyce has been dedicated to helping children overcome communication challenges and improve their lives.

Joyce Freeman, SLP

Danielle Fluger-Cohen, MS, CCC-SLP is a New York State licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in pediatrics. Danielle received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Hearing Science at The George Washington University and a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University-Brooklyn. She maintains professional certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as credentials as a New York State Early Intervention Provider.

Prior to joining Tools for Language and Communication, Danielle has worked in a variety of pediatric settings, providing private, home, and school-based therapy. 


She also ran Play Beyond the Sandbox, a children's social skills group in Rockland County for many years. Danielle has extensive pediatric experience working with children diagnosed with various neurodevelopmental and rare genetic disorders, PDD/autism, expressive/receptive/pragmatic language delays, childhood apraxia of speech, as well as oral motor and feeding difficulties. Danielle is also PROMPT trained to better assist her clients with motor speech challenges. She has taken a variety of additional coursework in oral motor and orofacial myofunctional therapy techniques. Additionally, Danielle is currently working on her CLC certification to be a Certified Lactation Counselor to further support her youngest clients' feeding skills.

Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and greater swiss mountain dog, hiking, boating and on the baseball field.

Danielle Fluger Cohen, SLP

Sophia Morton has been a part of the TLC family as a speech therapist and consultant since 2008.  Working in Westchester County for the last 20 years, she has provided speech and language therapy to many wonderful children and families.  At Tools for Language and Communication, she offers a collaborative, and highly personalized approach with a focus on positive outcomes and your child’s well being.  Her area of expertise is with preschool and elementary school aged children with articulation and phonological delays and receptive and expressive language disorders.  She enjoys close relationships with her students, parents and teachers in order to assess and provide effective therapy that makes a difference.


Sophia has 3, almost adult children, and has loved watching them grow as individuals.  When not practicing sounds and playing dinosaurs with her young friends, you can find her walking in the woods with her two dogs, Prudence and Mo.

Sophia Morton, SLP

Maureen Pasinkoff, is a licensed and certified New York and Connecticut Speech Language Pathologist, practicing since 1980.  She is passionate about what she does and feels privileged to engage in a trusting clinician client relationship with all her students.  Maureen has focused on the private and public schools K-through 12th grade for over 30 years, in addition to university clinical supervision, and undergraduate and graduate instruction.  Maureen is a champion for early literacy skills, and its significant impact on reading and success into adulthood.  She also has extensive experience in treating executive function, working with both individuals and families.


Maureen loves working at TLC both personally and professionally, alongside colleagues who share the same commitment to our families. 

Maureen Pasinkoff, SLP

Maija graduated from the University of Calgary, Canada, with a Bachelor’s of Education, majoring in Special Education. She has done extensive training in the Orton Gillingham Approach – a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, and research-based approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling.


She is an experienced language teacher, spirited advocate, and hard-working academic coach who is passionate about helping students with learning differences. Maija has a great deal of experience with multisensory instruction and a deep understanding of the Science of Reading.

Maija Cekic, MS 

Danielle has dedicated over 20 years towards the therapeutic care and promotion of functional development of children. She has also focused on the education of each child’s family to increase their understanding of development and to educate them on carryover activities to build skills daily.  Danielle’s experience, training, and expertise are in sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, reflex integration, myofascial release, fine motor skill development, handwriting, executive functioning skills, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, seizure disorders, and traumatic brain injury. 


She received a Master’s Degree in 2001 from Ithaca College in Occupational Therapy. She began her career working in a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and has continued to work in various settings with her students including, therapeutic sensory gyms, preschools, and school settings.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family including her husband and three daughters. She also enjoys running marathons and playing with her dogs.  

Danielle Wertman, OTR

Amy is a former marketing executive and mom of adult triplets who loves organizing and keeping things running smoothly.  Her genuine connection with our clients originates from her own children’s experiences, as they received speech/language and occupational therapy services.  Welcome to TLC!

Amy Friedman, Office Manager

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