Harter M.S., CCC-SLP
Texas born and raised, Leigh recently relocated with her husband to Brighton, Michigan. She is passionate and dedicated to serving those around her with various developmental and acquired brain injuries. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. She is experienced in acute, inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings as well as leading various group therapies. She prides herself in working with multi-disciplinary teams while providing individualized treatment plans focused on returning to work and community reintegration. Her strong educational foundation and skilled mentorships have helped move her career in a direction that enhances the quality of life of her patients. She thrives on the ability to use her creativity, compassion and dedication to serve others. She is licensed through the State of Michigan and maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Areas of Expertise
Traumatic Brain Injury, Voice, Dysphagia/Feeding, Cognition, Apraxia, Dysarthria, Attention, Pragmatics, Executive Functioning, Aphasia, Post-Concussion Syndrome
My goal is to provide comprehensive speech and language assessments and develop individualized treatment programs for both children and adults with developmental or acquired brain injuries. I collaborate with care teams and families to provide evidenced-based treatment plans for you or your loved one. I encourage parent and caregiver participation in treatment sessions in order to improve progress and carryover between treatment sessions or following discharge from therapy services. When working with children or adults, I provide the caregiver with easy strategies they can use to reinforce what is learned during sessions.
I provide a comprehensive range of services focusing on community integration skills critical for the transition to independent living, school, work or volunteer activities are provided. I work with children and adults in most settings, depending on goals, including your home, schools, group homes, after school care facilities, and other community settings. Services will including looking at and treating the body as a whole, meaning treating not only the speech or language deficits, but considering the body in it's entirety and how it could contribute to the disorder and the underlying causes. A combination of rehabilitation and compensatory strategies are provided to aid in skill building and functional carryover to improve memory, safety and pleasure at mealtimes, interpersonal communication, literacy needs, and problem-solving skills needed for long-term success.