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Cynthia Coupé

I am many things.  Mother, Widow, Speech Language Pathologist, TEDx Speaker, Business Owner, World Traveler and Neurodivergent, to name a few.  I choose to live my life out loud, to be unapologetically me and to speak from the heart.  My passion lies in being a voice for the neurodivergent community, for sharing the common thread we all have:  to be seen, heard and understood.

My Story
Me As mother

My story changed drastically in the morning hours of January 7th, 2022.  It was then that I became a widow.  Before that I was many things I am not now, and now I am many things I was not then.  I am still a mother, business owner, TEDx speaker and passionate advocate for neurodiversity advancement.  I now choose to integrate all of these things into one space and move forward with a greater passion than I've ever had before.  I am Vulnerable, Outrageous and Powerful and I am here to facilitate lasting change in the world.

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Work History


Business owner and CEO for Outreach, Advocacy, Resources and Services (OARS) Inc.


Independent Contractor for School-Based Speech Pathology Services


Speech Language Pathologist for Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH)

Owner and CEO of OARS, a company focused on developing on life skills for teens and young adults who are neurodivergent. OARS follows a client centered, strengths based approach within natural settings  in order to improve social communication and develop positive peer relationships.  

Provided speech/language therapy & diagnostic evaluations for various districts in Mendocino County.  Provided services for preschool through high school with mild to profound communication disorders

  • Participated in IEP and RTI (Response to Intervention) writing and implementation

  • Member of evaluation and implementation team (ACCESS) to assess Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) needs of students for MCOE

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist and Swallowing Specialist for inpatient, outpatient and home health settings; serving pediatric through geriatric populations. 

  • Conducted AAC evaluations for adults and children, provided AAC training for device users.

  • Conducted inpatient, outpatient and home health dysphagia evaluations.

  • Conducted Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) Studies for adults.

  • Conducted inpatient and outpatient cognitive evaluations for adults.

Speaking Engagements/Presentations
2020, March

National ESEA conference, Atlanta, Georgia: For the Greater Good-- Collaboration as a tool to improve language and literacy

2019, March

Montessori del Mar, Fort Bragg, California:  Pragmatics and Speech.  Informational lecture for parents and teachers 

2018, August

HomeSchool Conference, San Jose, California: Language and Literacy

2021, November 

TEDx Ocala, Florida:  Neurodiversity; the new normal

2010, May

MCDH Wellness Series, Fort Bragg, California, Co-presenter:  How Speech Therapy Can Help

2005, February 

Colorado Metro Speech-Language Symposium, Co-presenter:  Just Talk, Functional Communication in a Group Setting Using AAC

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