Ashley Petrilyak

Speech/Language Pathologist
Ashley Petrilyak at Let's Talk
Practicing Since: 
Appalachian State University-MS
Certifications & Methods: 
ASHA- Certificate of Clinical Competence
NC Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Ashley graduated from Appalachian State University with her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Communication Disorders with a concentration in Child Development. During her practicum years at Appalachian, Ashley had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including two elementary schools, a home health center, a nursing home/rehabilitation center and a Preschool Language Learning Center. In the adult setting, Ashley’s therapy experience consisted of swallowing treatment and evaluations, oral motor exercises and cognitive rehabilitation.  In the preschool and school age setting, Ashley gained experience in the treatment of articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delay, fluency, Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, social language communication skills and developmental delays.  It was working in the elementary schools and growing up watching her mother, Tanya McDowell (co-owner at Let’s Talk and SLP), which lead her in the direction of young children. Since completing her CFY under the supervision of Tracy Vail, she has become PROMPT certified and attended trainings for Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Featured Blog Posts

No More, More
By Tracy Vail, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Consultant and Heather Forbes, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA There is currently a great deal of debate in the field of speech-language pathology about the kinds of words that should be taught first to nonverbal (or minimally verbal) individuals with communication impairments...


In 2009 my daughter, at age four, was diagnosed with Apraxia. We worked with several speech therapists over many years with limited success, until we were referred to Tanya McDowell in 2013. Tanya is a very experienced SLP, very...

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