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About Our Clinic

Prickly Pear Pediatric Therapy is committed to bringing beauty and hope to the desert seasons of life. This life is full of challenges, but we exist to help you and your child overcome challenges and make the most of your time together. Our highly-trained therapists are committed to combining the best evidence-based practice with the specific needs of each family. Our collaborative team includes pediatric speech-language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), and physical therapists (PTs) to meet all of your developmental therapy needs. Stay tuned!

EMILY SONZOGNI, M.S., CCC-SLP

Emily is a certified speech-language pathologist with over eleven 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).

Originally from Wyoming, Emily is fully embracing the warm weather and desert climate here in Southern Utah. While studying to receive her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a minor in disability studies, Emily was also an integral part of the University of Wyoming volleyball team. Although she may no longer have the same vertical or athleticism after having a few kids and some years of aging, she is thankful for the work ethic and drive that athletics has sown in her. Emily received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Wyoming while also serving as a graduate student research assistant where she had the privilege of studying the differences in speech sound productions in young children with and without cleft lip palate.

When Emily is not learning more about the field of speech and language therapy, you can find her spending time with her husband, two young children, and an energetic puppy. She loves going for hikes and exploring the beauty of Southern Utah. Being in the midst of motherhood herself, Emily understands the joys and struggles of motherhood and thrives on helping others watch their children develop and succeed.

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."

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