Evidence-based, child-centered, motivating pediatric therapy that produces results


Empower your child to communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others.


Enable your child to engage more fully in daily activities and routines.

Do you have trouble understanding your child’s speech?

If you’re concerned that others struggle to understand your child’s speech compared to their peers, trust your intuition and consult a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Our highly-trained SLPs can distinguish between typical developmental sound errors and those that may require speech therapy.

Are you worried about your child’s language development?

If your child is not meeting language milestones or struggles to express themselves effectively, it may be time to consult a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Our experienced SLPs can assess your child’s language skills and provide targeted therapy to enhance their communication abilities, ensuring they are on track with their peers.

Is your child having difficulty participating in everyday activities?

Pediatric occupational therapy can help your child fully participate and engage in daily activities at home, school, and in the community. From feeding difficulties to sensory processing concerns, our occupational therapists provide expert insights to help your child thrive in their environment.

Our Process

Step 1 - Free Consultation Call

Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation by filling out our contact form. During this call, we’ll get to know your child and discuss your primary concerns. We aim to connect you with the staff member best suited to your case, often resulting in a direct conversation with one of our experienced SLPs or OTs.

Step 2 - Evaluation

If you choose to proceed, an SLP or OT will spend 1-1.5 hours with you and your child in our office. We’ll evaluate various developmental areas, review your child’s history, and assess their current developmental levels. You’ll receive a comprehensive report detailing our findings, a personalized treatment plan, and recommended goals for therapy sessions.

Step 3 - Treatment

Our treatment sessions focus on achieving the most critical goals through fun and interactive methods. We emphasize direct child-clinician interaction and provide extensive parent training throughout the process. Clients are scheduled for consistent sessions on a weekly, bi-weekly, or bi-monthly basis, ensuring a regular spot on our calendar and ongoing support for your child.


Emily is a certified speech-language pathologist with over twelve years of experience working with pediatric clients. She is passionate about combining evidence-based practice with compassion and care to bridge the communication gaps for all clients. She is a highly skilled clinician with extensive experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), mild to severe phonological disorders, Down syndrome, receptive and expressive language disorders, and cleft lip and palate. She attended the Apraxia Kids conference in 2022 and is recognized as the first SLP in southern Utah on the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory. Emily is also passionate about working with autistic kids and gestalt language processors. She is a Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained therapist listed on the Meaningful Speech Registry, and she is also trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).

Our Promise to You

Evidenced-based practice

We use the best and latest evidence to guide our approach, ensuring top-quality care for your child.


Therapy is integrated into highly motivating and engaging play activities. Your child should find therapy enjoyable and exciting!


Every child is unique, and so is our approach. We tailor each treatment plan to meet the specific needs of your child.

Progress focused

We aim for the fastest and most meaningful progress to maximize the value of your investment in your child.

Client Testimonials

"We were not sure who else to turn too for some of our daughters struggles but after filling out a thorough assessment and talking in length to Kristy, we felt comfortable and encouraged to start with OT. She was so easy to talk to and made herself available for questions or concerns any time. She helped us see and understand that sensory challenges could be the best place to focus attention and therapy on. We had no idea! Therapy with Kristy helped so much!"

"I can’t say enough wonderful things about Prickly Pear. My son has made progress since he began therapy with Kristy (OT) and Kalista (Speech). My son is autistic and nonverbal. He is four years old. The therapists are empathetic, fun, engaging, knowledgeable, understanding, patient, and professional. Their space is great and has a number of fun activities that my son enjoys. I am very grateful for these gals! They are superb! I highly recommend Prickly Pear!!"

Your child’s development is important, and time is of the essence. The research strongly supports that the earlier intervention can begin, the better the outcomes. Take advantage of our free phone consultation so that we can focus on your child’s development, and you can focus on what you do best: loving and guiding your child!

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