Kayla Kristensen, MS, CCC-SLP

Position title: Speech-Language Pathologist

Kayla Kristensen, CCC-SLP


Kayla Kristensen, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic and Down Syndrome Clinic.

In addition to formative clinical experience within the Waisman Center Clinics, Kayla had the opportunity to create the speech and language therapy program at GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center. She enjoys partnering with individuals with Down syndrome across the age span and their families to individualize speech and language services.


Professional Certification and Education

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Wisconsin State License in Speech-Language Pathology
  • MCH-LEND and Clinical Fellowship: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center Clinics UCEDD
  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Statement

Kayla works as a research specialist within the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab to learn more about strengths and areas of need for young adults with Down syndrome. Kayla also works with Dr. Anne Harris to learn more about early intervention outcomes for young children with hearing loss in Wisconsin.

Selected Publications