Sara Bouchard | XceptionalED
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Sara Bouchard


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Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in hearing and speech sciences and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology with a minor in geriatrics from Ohio University. Moved by watching SLPs work with her grandfather after his stroke, Sara learned at an early age she wanted to become an SLP working with the geriatric population. A member of ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and OSHLA (Ohio Speech, Hearing and Language Association), she has 13 years of experience in long-term care as an accomplished SLP specializing in evaluating and treating dysphagia (a swallowing impairment), aphasia (a language impairment) and cognitive disorders. Sara has developed and taught continuing education courses addressing evidence-based practive supporting group therapy and multidisciplinary screening. After completing training with the NIH, Sara identified participants and collected research data for Miami Valley Hospital and University of Cincinnati for Protocol 201. This 7-year nationwide study focused on standardizing thickened liquids and identifying the associated health benefits for individuals who have Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases. She presently trains and mentors SLP graduate students from the University of Cincinnati and CFY candidates for Concept Rehab, Inc. She served as a consultant to the culinary team at Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village for the Pureed Appeal program. Sara takes pride in using current therapy techniques including apps and neuromuscular electrial stimulation. Through Sara’s vast and diverse professional experiences she has gained an appreciation for products needed to positively impact her patients’ quality of life.