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We are dedicated to making your experience with Leigh Harter Speech Services as smooth and enjoyable as possible. In our commitment to transparency and open communication, we’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions to help you better understand our services and what to expect. Please feel free to explore this friendly and informative resource, and should you have any additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring and attentive team. We’re here to support you every step of the way!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We are currently enrolled in Medicare, Cigna, Priority Health, Aetna, and BCBS of Michigan. While we verify your insurance, we do not guarantee the information is correct, therefore your co-pay is expected at the time of service. We accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express). There is a private pay fee schedule. If you would like to attempt to be reimbursed by your insurance company for our services, we will assist you by providing invoices and other documentation, however, all services rendered by Leigh Harter Speech Services, PLLC will be billed directly to the client, or the guardian thereof, and any subsequent reimbursement is between you and your insurer.

Yes, in many cases, speech therapy services are considered an eligible service. I can provide any documentation and invoices necessary.
Generally speaking, it is most beneficial for parents to stay during the session to observe, take part, and ask questions. Participation in the session allows for better continuity and carry-over at home.

While it is true children show some variation in when they achieve early language milestones, it also is true that a skilled speech-language pathologist can usually identify children who are more at risk for persistent delays, or who are showing signs of more deviant speech language development (sometimes associated with other developmental disorders, such as autism). The earlier these children are identified, the sooner they can take advantage of intensive early intervention programs.

You will need a physician script, if available, a driver’s license, new client paperwork, and insurance card(s). If you have a list of medications (prescription and over-the-counter) you are currently taking or medical procedures you have had, you may bring them and we will make a copy for your chart. You will also need to know the name of your referring and primary care doctors, as well as any tests/results (MRI, X-ray, etc.) you have had related to your injury.

Possibly. Some clients are in need of individual therapy to establish readiness skills for group interaction, e.g. basic receptive/expressive language competence, turn-taking, and ability to process language efficiently in order to maintain conversational topics. Others may be placed in appropriate group therapy settings. In any event, SPG performs consultations before making a recommendation for or against group therapy.

It depends. While technology can seem intimidating for many, teletherapy is effective for the treatment of many speech-related issues and it is extremely efficient. By eliminating travel time or weather-related disruption, you can maximize results. Teletherapy also makes speech therapy accessible to everyone, no matter where they (both the client and the therapist) live. Often local clients choose a mix of online and in-person services simply because it is more convenient and both forms of services have benefits.

Yes, often. This is an important aspect of an individual’s rehabilitation program in order to maintain strength and increase therapeutic gains between sessions. Further, it allows clients an opportunity to implement strategies independently and problem-solve issues in functional settings.
Yes. It is also helpful to have any medical records available at the time of the initial evaluation. You can bring the script for the initial evaluation or mail it prior to the appointment.

We treat clients at our office at 3552 Avon St., Hartland, MI, 48353. We use an online platform (tele-therapy) and also travel to client’s homes or in the community within a 10-15 mile radius of our office. An travel fee of $20/visit will be included for in-home visits.

We look at each child as an individual, focusing on their strengths and abilities so that we can provide individualized treatment. You have to use what they give you and that changes constantly. We like to make therapy “fun” and have the child engage in what grabs their attention to expand their language. We believe that keeping children engaged and interested in therapy will often result in quicker progress and carryover. We also like to involve parents, whether it be during the session or providing feedback and information following the session, to encourage speech and language growth at home.

Yes! We offer free screenings at various preschools in our area we have agreements with, as well as in clinic screens. They last approximately 15-minute and leave with recommendations. These do NOT take the place of a full, comprehensive evaluation. 

Children do show some variation in when they achieve gross motor and fine motor developmental milestones, however a skilled Occupational Therapist can usually identify children who are more at risk for persistent delays, or who are showing signs of more deviant developmental delays (sometimes associated with other developmental disorders, such as Autism). The earlier these children are identified, the sooner they can take advantage of intensive early intervention programs.