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At Bright SpOT Pediatric Therapy, we understand that occupational and speech therapy are crucial for supporting children's development and helping them reach their full potential. Our team of passionate therapists is dedicated to providing exceptional care for children in a way that is neurodiversity affirming, child-led, and relationship based.
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Our mission

Nurturing Growth, Empowering Kids

At Bright SpOT Pediatric Therapy, we understand that occupational and speech therapy are crucial for supporting children's development and helping them reach their full potential. Our team of passionate therapists is dedicated to providing exceptional care for children in a way that is neurodiversity affirming, child-led, and relationship based.
Experienced Team
Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in working with children of all ages, abilities, and neurotypes.
Skilled Therapists
We stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in occupational and speech therapy, and we use evidence-based techniques to deliver high-quality care that yields positive results.
Collaborative Care
We believe that effective therapy involves collaboration between our therapists, your child, and your family.


Occupational Therapist, Co-founder
"Children have always held a special place in my heart. Building relationships with these kiddos to create a safe space to learn about difficult things is incredibly rewarding. Additionally rewarding are the relationships built with their families that put their trust in me to support their children."

Leading the way in Pediatric Care

A graduate of Auburn University and the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Caitlin is passionate about helping others. Throughout her career, pediatrics has been her focus. She has experience in outpatient, community, and home health pediatric settings. Caitlin has been trained in the SOS Approach to feeding (an intensive feeding course centered around sensory-based feeding experiences), Beckman Oral Motor, DIRFloortime, Learning Without Tears (formerly known as Handwriting Without Tears), Sensory Integration, and more. Her passions are neurodiverity-affirming practices and using feeding therapy to create fun and positive experiences around eating for children.
In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, family and friends, and two pups. You can find her drinking tea, goofing around with her daughter, or indulging in true crime shows.


Speech-Language Pathologist, Co-founder
"I strongly believe in an individualized approach to therapy to provide the best outcomes for children. Working with children of all ages and helping them to overcome their communication difficulties is my passion, and I strive to involve parents and any other members of the team in order to promote the most effective intervention."

Leading the way in Pediatric Care

Emily graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with her degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has over ten years of experience and has worked in an elementary school, clinic setting, and home health. She has a passion for children of all ages, and is especially focused on building relationships with families, and making sure that each child’s functional needs are being addressed. Emily has worked with clients with a variety of diagnoses and needs, targeting oral motor skills, articulation and phonology, phonological awareness and literacy, receptive and expressive language, pragmatic/social language, fluency, and executive functioning.
Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and her dog Florence. You can find her outside on a hike, watching her favorite sports (basketball and football), or listening to live music.


Office Administrator
"Having two children in OT/ST, with Bright SpOT, I have seen firsthand what therapy can do to empower children. I cannot wait to now be part of that empowering impact!"


Shawna received her certification in medical assisting in 2005 and spent 15 years working in healthcare. Eight of those years were in administration before leaving healthcare in 2018 when her daughter was born. Since then, she spent a little over a year working as a preschool teacher in a mother's day out program before returning home to be with her two children. Shawna has a passion for children and helping them discover and navigate the world around them.
Shawna lives in Leander with her husband, two children, two dogs, one cat, and plenty ‘o fish! She enjoys spending time listening to audiobooks and homeschooling her children.


Occupational Therapist
"As a Mother to a child with Autism, I understand firsthand the challenges that families may face. I strongly believe that a child learns best through play and in their natural environment. It is important to me to build a strong therapeutic relationship, one that is respectful, encouraging, supporting, and fun."


Claudia graduated from San Jose State University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Atypical Child Development. She holds over 15 years of child development experience and is passionate about working with children of all ages. Claudia is certified in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening Program, and Astronaut Training, She has received additional training in Sensory Integration, DIR Floortime, and Bal-a-vis-x. She is currently in the process of training in Feeding Therapy: A Sensory- Motor Approach, Mastering Mastication, and Oral Placement Therapy.
Claudia recently moved to Leander from Portland, Oregon with her husband, two sons and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring all that Austin has to offer, baking, cooking, going on walks with the family, and watching movies.


Occupational Therapist
"I’ve always had a passion for pediatrics and helping people. I believe it’s important to treat every child individually and not based on their diagnosis. My goal is to help make the lives of each child and family easier."


Kennedy graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has experience in outpatient settings with both children and adults and has training in DIRFlooritme. Kennedy is passionate about pediatrics and genuinely loves to build relationships with children and their families. She has an interest in Sensory Integration and is continuing to grow her knowledge in other areas of practice as well.
In her free time, Kennedy enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs. Kennedy loves watching tv, doing puzzles, and taking her dog on walks.


Speech-Language Pathologist
"I am passionate about advocating for and supporting a child’s ability to communicate by providing individualized and child-centered intervention. It’s an honor to be a part of such a neurodiversity-affirming practice where each clinician truly cares about the children and families we serve."


Kaiti holds an undergraduate degree from UT Austin and a graduate degree from Northwestern University. She has over 11 years of experience in the Speech Language Pathology field as a SLP-Assistant and SLP working in a variety of settings that include home health, private clinic, and schools. Kaiti has a passion for working with the pediatric population and has treated children in the areas of expressive and receptive language, fluency, articulation/phonology, pragmatic language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and feeding. Kaiti values building relationships with the children she works with and their families through providing individualized, child-centered, neurodiversity-affirming interventions. Kaiti is PROMPT trained and is currently working toward becoming a registered Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) trained clinician soon.
Kaiti enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter Nadiya, family, friends, and two dogs. You can typically find her laughing with her daughter, watching shows/movies with her husband, trying new restaurants, or reading/watching/listening to anything true or fiction crime related.


Occupational Therapist
“Inclusion works to the advantage of everyone. We all have things to learn and we all have something to teach” Helen Henderson


Megan received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri. She has experience working with kids in schools, clinics, and within the home. She is passionate about integrating disability advocacy and health care. Megan aims to support families in their daily activities while empowering children to explore their neurodivergent identity and strengths. Megan values each family’s individual differences and priorities. She has experience with trauma-informed care, daily living skills, hand writing, PDA, sensory processing, executive functioning, transitioning, fine motor, visual motor integration, and more.
In her free time, Megan enjoys exploring nature, reading, running, going to escape rooms, and spending time with her husband and two pets.


Occupational Therapist
“If you are willing to put in the work, the reward will be magnificent, because the children will change in front of your eyes.” - Dr. A. Jean Ayres


Shannon received her bachelors degree from The University of Texas at Austin and masters degree from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. She grew up in Frisco, TX and recognized her love for the pediatric population early on. She has experience as a preschool teacher as well as working in outpatient, inpatient, and community settings. Currently, she is completing training for the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys having quality time with her family and friends, spending time outside with her dog, eating good food, working out, and reading her kindle.


Occupational Therapist
"The opposite of anxiety isn’t calm, it’s trust.” - Barry M. Prizant


Hannah received her bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville and her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University. She has been practicing occupational therapy in a pediatric setting since 2019. Hannah is passionate about cultivating a safe, fun environment that empowers children to be their true selves. She loves encouraging children to use their individual differences and strengths to navigate through their world. Hannah is trained in The MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration) Approach, the Handwriting Without Tears program, The Astronaut Training Protocol, Therapeutic Listening Program, and has her DIR-Floortime Basic Certificate. In Hannah’s free time she enjoys exploring new restaurants and traveling with her husband and friends, taking her dogs hiking, and spending time outdoors.


Occupational Therapist
"No child at any stage of life wants to be difficult or aggressive, there is always a hidden “trigger” that needs to be addressed."


Yessica is a dedicated Occupational Therapist with an educational background, including a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Texas-Pan American (currently UTRGV) and a Master's in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. With 13 years of experience, she has navigated diverse settings, from outpatient pediatrics/Home Health to Inpatient Rehab Hospitals, specializing in neurological disorders and community care. Her journey intensified over the past 12 years, spurred by her son's ADHD/Autism diagnoses, propelling her to deepen her expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders, sleep disorders, and classroom modifications. As a recently diagnosed ADHDer herself, she is passionate about enhancing executive functioning across all stages of life, fostering the belief that neurodivergent individuals can thrive in personal relationships, careers, and family life. Currently, she is enhancing her education towards innovative interventions like a metronome to bolster executive functioning and the connection between sleep disorders and nutrition on emotional dysregulation.
Married for 15 years to another ADHDer with a family history of Autism Spectrum, Yessica cherishes her role as a mother to three spirited and brilliant boys, aged 12 to 2. With a bustling schedule of soccer practices, swim lessons, and playdates, she finds joy in hiking, swimming, mastering the art of bachata/salsa dancing, and indulging in coffee and taco socials with her Mom Friends.


Occupational Therapist
“If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” –Margaret Meade


Virginia has a background in education and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in collaborative special education. She moved to New York to pursue Occupational Therapy, and received her Master’s in OT from NYU. She has experience in schools, hospitals, and outpatient care, and has helped her clients address goals for daily living skills, fine motor skills, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and more. She has recently moved to Texas, and is excited to work with children and families in the home in order to help children succeed in their natural environment.
Virginia loves to spend time with her husband and friends, trying new restaurants and exploring Austin! She loves reading and always needs a new book recommendation.
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