Ashley Perez, Speech-Language Pathologist
Ashley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. She went on to the University of South Florida where she received an additional Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s degree, both in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She learned about speech language pathology when a family member received services, and pursued a career in the field in order to provide children with tools to help them maximize and feel confident about their abilities.
Ashley has experience working with both children and adults. She served as a speech-language pathology assistant at a pediatric private practice, where she addressed a variety of developmental challenges. She also worked at a school-based clinic for children, where she focused primarily on language and used the Story Grammar Marker tool to address communication difficulties such as reading, comprehension, and narrative story telling. During a year-long internship at a veteran’s hospital, she assisted patients struggling with language and executive functioning tasks. The challenging nature of her work at the hospital underscored the value of building rapport with patients in order to help them achieve success. This holds true today, as she feels the heart of her work with children is building a warm, fun relationship in which they flourish.
Ashley is bilingual and has received training in DIR/Floortime, as well as methods for working with non-verbal children.