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Communication Disorders Staff - Leisa Hutchison

Leisa Hutchison, M.S. CCC/SLP

Leisa Hutchison, M.S. CCC/SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director

Office:  Clinical Education Complex 141
Phone:  270-745-2772


CD 481 Normal Speech and Language Development
CD 483 Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology                                         
CD 486 Language Disorders                                                                                            
CD 490 Connecting with Nonverbal Communicators                                                              
CD 495 Clinical Internship

SLP 590 Clinical Internship
SLP Clinical Externship


Leisa Hutchison, M.S. CCC/SLP has been a practicing speech-language pathologist since graduating with a masters degree and Rank 1 from the University of Kentucky in 1986.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in communication disorders from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association She has experience in different professional settings including: hospital, public schools, pediatric clinic, preschools, the Kelly Autism Program, private practice, including First Steps, and the university.  She currently works as a clinical assistant professor and clinical supervisor in the communication sciences disorders program at Western Kentucky University.  She has enjoyed working in both clinical and administrative positions.

Leisa is trained in the Bobath Eight-Week Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment course and has developed skills in working with children with complex needs, including motor, sensory, autism spectrum disorders, and multiply involved children.  She enjoys working with children with oral motor/feeding concerns and their families/caregivers. Additionally, Leisa is a Certified Hanen Pediatric Practitioner in “It Takes Two to Talk,” “Target Word,” and “More than Words.”  She also has been trained in the SCERTS educational model for the treatment of Autism Spectrum and other language disorders.  She was appointed by two different Governors to the Kentucky State Advisory Panel For Exceptional Children, serving two,  two year terms.  Additionally, she served on Kentucky’s Interagency Coordinating Council for early intervention for two terms.  Leisa is married to David and they have a young adult son, Ben, who has FG syndrome.  David, Leisa, and Ben live in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that students learn best in an engaging, friendly, collaborative environment that encourages active learning.  Student engagement happens through hearing, seeing, and doing.  Experience is the BEST teacher and students experience concepts learned through case studies, group projects, presentations, and clinical application.

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