Speech Language Pathologist M.S. CCC-SLP
“If you can give a child a voice and help her to communicate, then you have opened up her world.” This is the motto that Shara Boykin lives by, and improving the potential to communicate for every child she works with is her goal. For Shara, Speech and Language Pathology is more than a profession; it is a calling. Shara’s passion for helping children was cultivated in her childhood while she watched both her mother, a Special Education teacher, and her aunt, a Speech Language Pathologist use their specialized skills to help children communicate. As a Speech Language Pathologist, Shara is driven to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs, and her desire to help them continues to grow.
Shara Boykin, a co-founder of Capital Speech Language Therapy Center, LLC, specializes in assessment and treatment of the pediatric population. Shara received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a Special Education concentration from Prairie View A&M University. After graduation, she honed her skills as a Special Education teacher in her home state of Texas. However, her love of children drove her to do more. Subsequently, she enrolled in a graduate program at Howard University and completed a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Shara began her work in Speech Language Pathology in 2013 and has worked in both public schools and private clinical settings. She has treated children with a variety of disorders, including articulation and phonological delays, receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, stuttering, and apraxia. Shara has training in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). She has successfully treated children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders. She regularly engages other professionals (i.e. occupational therapists, resource teachers, psychologists, physical therapists, and special education teachers), to provide a well-rounded, interdisciplinary approach to therapy. Shara’s approach to working with any child is making therapy fun and not work. She believes in collaboration between parent and therapist to help children achieve their communicative goals.
Currently, Shara’s interests include creating fun and exciting therapy materials, hanging out with friends and family, and sampling different cuisines.
Shara Boykin is certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and holds a license to practice in the State of Maryland.