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Michelle Elkins named director of WKU’s Kelly Autism Program

Michelle Elkins, M.S., SLP-CCC, a 1994 graduate of WKU, has been named as director of the Kelly Autism Program (KAP) at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.

Michelle Elkins

Michelle Elkins

Elkins, a speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field, is currently a supervisor in the Communication Disorders Clinic in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WKU. She will begin her new role on Aug. 1, replacing Dr. Marty Boman, who retired after 10 years as KAP director.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Elkins to KAP,” CEC Executive Director Mary Lloyd Moore said. “She brings tremendous knowledge and experience in Autism Spectrum Disorders and will be an asset to the program. Her familiarity with the Bowling Green/Warren County community will serve well to continue to partnerships that have been established while forging new collaborative relationships. I look forward to the continued strategic development of programming at KAP under Ms. Elkin’s leadership.”

Founded in 2002, by John and Linda Kelly, the KAP is a university based service facility and part of WKU’s Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex. KAP’s mission is to provide an educational, social and supportive environment so that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities can achieve their potential as productive, independent and employable citizens.

KAP is unique in that it addresses educational needs and provides social and emotional training to elementary, middle and high school adolescents, and post-secondary young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. John Kelly stated, “Michelle understands the mission of KAP and has the skillsets necessary to develop future opportunities for the program.”

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Kelly Autism Program,” Elkins said. “As a graduate of WKU and a life long member of this community, I look forward to serving in this capacity. I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility and look forward to further leading and growing the program at the KAP. A strong foundation is already in place and I am delighted to assist those who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families as we foster an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership.”

Since it was created nine years ago, the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex has seen strong growth and development in programming offered and numbers of families served as well as students trained. It includes the Linda and John M. Kelly Autism Program, the Family Resource Program, the Vickie and Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Center, the Communication Disorders Clinic, the Talley Family Counseling Center and the Preston Family Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program.

Contact: Mary Lloyd Moore, (270) 745-2183

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