Hello there, I’m Ashley. I am a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, and am passionate about using play-based therapy to achieve functional communication and feeding outcomes. I started Communicative Intent due to my frequent disappointment in resources for this type of approach, and a desire to bring together clinicians who share this philosophy. I care deeply about the families I work with, and desire nothing more than to provide them with quality, collaborative, research-based care for their children.
I named this blog communicative intent because the phrase perfectly describes functional communication. Without appropriate intent and understanding, language is an empty function. I do not want to “train” children how to talk and what to say. I want to foster in them the sense of joy that true communication can bring and the desire for relationships through this communication, and help them serve this intent to the best of their abilities. It is the very foundation of the world we live in.
I hope this will become a place of collaboration, of research discussion, and of growth. My greatest desire is to have a safe place for all of us to learn from each other, without fear of nonconstructive criticism.
I received my master’s degree from Northwestern University following my undergraduate career at Florida State University (Go Noles!). I recently moved to Southern California after working in the tundra of Chicago for several years, and am loving my return to the sunshine. In my free time, you can find me on a beach or a bike with my better half and my extremely adorable dog.
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