Leah Suzanne Goudy

Leah Suzanne Goudy
Adjunct Faculty - Special Education

Office Hours: By appointment.



Texas Woman's University - Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Kinesiology 

Wayne State University - Master of Education with a major in Kinesiology 

Wayne State University - Bachelors of Science in Education 

Certifications and Edorsements

MI Teaching Certification -  grades k-12 special education, k-5 general education 

Cognitive Impairment 

Adapted Physical Education 

National Certification of Adapted Physical Education (CAPE)


Wayne State University -  MI-LEAPE Grant



Leah Goudy has taught a variety of grades k-12 in general education as well as special education. Leah's primary area of teaching is special education in a variety of settings. These settings include facilities for at risk youth and early childhood intervention for motor skill developmental delays. Currently,  she enjoys teaching special education to future teachers in higher education at Wayne State University. Further, continuing with her work in adapted physical education as a consultant to independent school districts, working with students of all ages and grades with motor skill developmental delays. Leah's current interest in research includes best practice for younger students with autism, as well as, working with individuals with Parkinson's disease. Her latest research includes the effects of simulated horseback riding on balance and quality of life in older adults with Parkinson's disease in addition to research on structured play groups and students with autism. 

Academic Interests

  • Education 
  • Special Education
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Kinesiology

Area Of Expertise

  • Special Education
  • Adapted physical education-motor delays
  • Equine Assisted Therapy

Research Interests

Research interests in a variety of areas such as:

  • Universal Design 
  • Best practice for individuals with Autism
  • Individuals with Parkinson's disease, balance and gait issues
  • Quality of life for individuals with disabilities
  • Service animals and animal therapy

Courses Taught

Wayne State University
• SED 5103 - Curriculum Instructional Strategies-Cognitive Impairments
• SED 5030 - Exceptional Children
• SED 5030 - Curriculum and Institutional Settings: Cognitive Impairments
• SED 5010 - Exceptional Children
• KINS 5110 - Motor Learning and Development
• KINS 5410 - Methods and Materials: Adapted Aquatics
• Physical Activity Leadership Internship

University of North Texas
• KINS 3350 – Pedagogical Skills, Strategies, and Management in Physical Education and Movement for Children
• KINS 4102 & 4104 - Student Teaching in Physical Education

Texas Woman’s University
• KINS 2621 - Motor and Aquatics Lab
• KINS 2623 - Adapted Physical Activity
• KINS 4821 - Motor and Physical Assessment Lab
• KINS 4822 - Assessment in Adapted Physical Education
• KINS 4801 - Disability Sport Intern

• KINS 5603 - Growth and Perceptual Motor Development
• KINS 5853 - Assessment in Adapted Physical Education


Community Engagement Activities

  • Athletes with Autism (AwA) Coach and Lead Trainer 
  • Camp Abilities Michigan - Assistant Executive Director
  • Equine therapy volunteer for children and adults with disabilities
  • Involved with and conducted needs assessments in rural communities to promote health care needs and support healthy communities