CAPITAL SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY TEAM
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.
Speech Language Pathologist M.S. CCC-SLP
Janerish attended George Washington University and earned a B.A in the area of Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1997. She continued her education by pursuing an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University's Department of Communication in 2006 and completed her clinical fellowship in Gaffney County Public Schools in South Carolina. Following her clinical fellowship year, she started working in the Mecklenburg County Public School System in North Carolina. Janerish returned to Maryland and joined the speech pathology team in Montgomery County Public School System in 2008. She is ASHA and MD Board Certified in Speech-Language Pathology and has been practicing since 2001 primarily in the Maryland area. Additionally, Janerish regularly attends ASHA conventions to stay abreast of the new innovative ways to look at and deliver speech therapy.
Janerish has worked with children since 2001 in major school districts in Maryland, North and South Carolina. She is eager to help children develop their communication skills using a combination of experiences. With over fifteen years of speech-language therapy experience, Janerish has added a leadership role of Parent Educator for a preschool program within a large local school district. In this appointment, she oversees the educational planning for students with a variety of disabilities ranging from mild to profound learning delays in more than one area of development. Also, Janerish works closely with families and staff (Teachers, OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s, DHOH, Vision, Mobility Coaches, Nurses, Psychologists, Administration, etc.) by assisting with identifying strategies and resources to offset the impact of educational disabilities in young children. Her knowledge base expands from early intervention up through adolescent children with multiple developmental delays and disabilities, typical and atypical development of children. Janerish is passionate and dedicated to an enthusiastic and dynamic way of working with children with all types of disabilities find their mode of communication.
Janerish grew up and resides in Prince George's County. She enjoys spending time participating in her American-Caribbean Heritage with her husband and three children.