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Communication Disorders Staff - Leigh Anne Roden

Dr. Leigh Anne Roden, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Dr. Leigh Anne Roden, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office:  TPH 125
Phone:  270-745-3189


CD 481 - Normal Speech and Language Development

CD 405 - Phonetics

CD 512 - Seminar in Phonology


School-Based Service Delivery for Student With Autism | Impact of Socioeconomic Status | Response to Intervention | Transition Services


Leigh Anne Roden has been with WKU since 2012 when she began teaching as an adjunct faculty member.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Rank I, Director of Special Education Endorsement, Autism Certificate, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from WKU.  Dr. Roden spent the majority of her clinical career as a speech-language pathologist in the school setting.  She has worked part-time in acute care, outpatient rehabilitation services, long-term care, private practice, and birth-three home-based services.  She has served on the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative's regional autism team.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe in the philosophy used in medical models:  Hear one, see one, do one, teach one.  Learners hear a concept, key word, or explanation of a therapy technique and then see the concept visually represented, the word defined, or the therapy technique demonstrated.  Learners may independently illustrate the concept, write a sentence with the word, or perform the technique with a client.  After following this sequence, learners then become teachers by sharing their knowledge with others.

My goal is to use real-world experiences to help students learn.  Through case studies, videos, interviews, demonstrations, sample documentation, and practice students are given various channels to help with retention of information.  I strive to create an environment where students are challenged, yet comfortable, and instilled with the desire to learn as much as they can about the field of speech-language pathology.

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain

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