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Meet our Founder

Harla Rudolph
Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University Graduate School for Speech-Language Pathology

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Harla has been invited to lecture on the following topics: 

  • October 2007 — "Feeding, Swallowing, and Sensory Issues in Early Childhood", Queens, NY. Co-presenter, Lindsey Biel, MA, OTR/L and author of "Raising a Sensory Smart Child" 

  • April 2008 — "Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Challenging Behaviors, Feeding, & Sensory Issues in Early Childhood", Manhattan, NY.   Co-presenter, Dr. Braden Josephson, Ph.Dl, BCBA 

  • May 2008 — "Feeding and Swallowing in Early Childhood", Middletown, NY 

  • April 2009 and February 2010 — "The Picky Eater", The Shield Institute, Bronx, NY. 

  • November 2010- Parent Workshop: "Speech and Language Development- What Parents Should Know", The Tutoring Club, Marlboro, NJ

  • February 2013- Lecture  Series:  "Autism Spectrum Disorders: Challenging Behaviors,  Feeding & Sensory Issues", The Friendship Circle, Marlboro, NJ

  • April 2013- Staff Development and Training: "Feeding and Swallowing in  Early Childhood", Old Bridge Township Public Schools, Old Bridge, NJ

  • February 2009-2018 — "Play and Language", The Shield Institute, Queens, NY

  • November 2019- "Feeding and Swallowing: Identifying Red Flags",  Staff Training, South Brunswick, NJ

  • January 2022- "Feeding and Swallowing: Identifying Red Flags", Parent and Professional Training, Family Resource Specialist-Family Connect, Brooklyn, NY

  • February 2022-"Speech and Language Milestones", Parent and Professional Training, Family Resource Specialist-Family Connect, Brooklyn, NY

  • May 2022 - "Feeding and Sensory Issues", ADAPT Community Network webinar, Brooklyn, NY

  • February 2023 - "Feeding and Sensory Issues in Early Childhood: The Picky Eater", ADAPT Community Network, Brooklyn, NY

  • March 2024 - "Connection Through Play: Promoting Play with Children with Developmental Disabilities", ADAPT Community Network, Brooklyn, NY

CEO and Founder, The Speech Tree

Harla Rudolph is a New Jersey State Licensed and ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist, with over 25 years of experience working with  children and their families. She graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Linguistics in 1994 and from Hunter College with a M.S. in Speech Pathology in 1997. 
Harla also holds the position of adjunct professor at Monmouth University Graduate School for Speech-Language Pathology.
Harla specializes in dealing with the unique needs of  infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children with oral  motor, feeding, sensory, and speech and language disorders. She has provided pediatric therapy  services within in a wide variety of settings; including hospitals, specialized school settings, medical clinics, and with the NYS and NJ Early Intervention home based programs. Prior to going  into private practice, Harla served as the Clinical Director for RCDS/The MENTOR Network, an Early Intervention  program based in New York.  
Harla founded The Speech Tree in 2009 with the vision of creating a center where families can come to get all the services they need in one space.  Since its inception, The Speech Tree has grown to include three multidisciplinary centers across New Jersey in Monmouth, Middlesex and Mercer Counties. 
Harla has advanced training in oral motor and feeding  interventions and specializes in working with the communication development of infants and toddlers. She is PROMPT trained and utilizes the tools and techniques following the work of Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson and Lori Overland.

Harla was also featured on a CBS News segment entitled  "Children's Speech Disorders" to discuss the importance of early identification of language disorders and delays.
Harla lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, twin boys, and bulldog. To contact Harla directly, she can be emailed at

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