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

Improve Intelligibility

Specializing in phonological approaches to help others better understand your child’s speech

Increase Language Skills

Target receptive and expressive language to give your child access to the world

Specialties in Autism & CAS

Work with SLPs passionate about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and autism

Are you concerned that your child isn’t using enough words?

Most children learn their first word around their first birthday and begin using two words together (such as “more milk”) around 18 months. By 3 years old, most children are speaking in 2-4 words sentences.

Do you have trouble understanding your child’s speech?

If you have concerns that other people do not understand your child’s speech as well as same-age peers, trust your intuition and consult an SLP! SLPs are highly-trained in identifying which sound errors are expected in typical development and which errors necessitate speech therapy.

Does your child have a unique diagnosis such as autism or childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)?

Our SLP Emily is the only SLP in southern Utah recognized by Apraxia Kids as having pursued additional training to best treat kids with CAS. Our SLPs are also passionate about the natural language acquisition model for autistic kids who are gestalt language processors.

Our Process

Step 1 - Free Phone Consultation

Your first phone call with our speech-language pathologist will be free. You can discuss your concerns and explain your child’s history, and we’ll provide recommendations to help you plan your next steps.

Step 2 - Evaluation

If you’d like to move forward, then our SLP will spend 1–2 hours with you and your child in our office setting to evaluate a variety of communication domains. Afterwards, you’ll receive a thorough report with our findings, a treatment plan, and recommended goals to target.

Step 3 - Treatment

Treatment sessions address the most important goals in a fun and interactive way. We’ll involve you in every session and train you to carry on important exercises that will nurture your child’s development.


Emily is a certified speech-language pathologist with over ten 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, hearing impairment, fluency disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, and cleft lip and palate. She has worked with clients across the age-span in a variety of settings including preschools, schools, home-based therapy, hospitals, private practice and skilled nursing facilities.

Our Promise to You

Evidenced-based practice

The best current evidence is central to what we do. We are highly committed to staying abreast to the latest research.


Therapeutic practice will always be embedded in highly motivating and engaging play activities. Your child should think therapy is FUN!


What works for one child, won’t work for the next. Treatment will be specifically tailored to your unique child.

Progress focused

We want you to get the most ‘bang for your buck.’ We are committed to helping your child make the fastest progress possible.

Client Testimonials

"Emily has been amazing! Tommy began working with Emily during the pandemic which required virtual speech therapy only.  She came to our home and met with him in person only one time before meeting with him weekly through a computer screen.  I was skeptical that a 2 year old would be able to stay engaged and participate but Emily proved to have the rare ability to keep Tommy engaged and on task for nearly an hour each and every session!"

"We could not be more pleased with the care we have received at Prickly Pear Pediatric Therapy and recommend it highly to all our friends. Emily’s expertise, quality of care and remarkable support has made a huge difference in our child's life and for that we will forever be grateful."

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 15 minute 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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