Autism Support Services

Speech and Language

A Speech and Language Pathologist can evaluate, diagnose, and provide intervention for a variety of communication disorders.  Strive Center for Autism has partnered with Leigh Harter Speech Services to provide Speech Therapy in both our Brighton and Burton locations. These services are available to a wide variety of children; a diagnosis of Autism is not required, nor is enrollment in ABA services. For children enrolled in ABA services, Strive staff can provide a form to complete in order to begin the process of receiving individual speech services. Group speech services are provided to all children enrolled in ABA services.

For children who are not enrolled in ABA services at Strive Center, please contact Leigh Harter Speech Services for more information at or call (713)-542-8833.

Collaboration Makes the Difference

The partnership between Strive Center and Leigh Harter Speech Services (LHSS) allows our children to benefit more from their speech services. LHSS provides a dedicated Speech and Language Pathologist  who visits both Strive Center locations twice per week. This trained professional provides individual speech services for children integrated right into their already scheduled ABA sessions. Strive Center's Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are able to observe and participate in the individual speech sessions. This helps children make the most of their session, with support for any challenging behavior if needed, and teaches our RBTs the best ways to help children with communication all week long.

How to Begin

If you are enrolling or are already enrolled in ABA services, simply complete the one page form in the intake packet from LHSS to begin the process (or request a new copy from Strive Center staff.)

Once LHSS receives that form, these are the next steps:

  • LHSS will process the form and verify insurance coverage
  • LHSS will reach out to parents via email to confirm a start date
  • The SLP will begin with an evaluation completed during your child’s regularly scheduled therapy at Strive (no need to drive anywhere else, stay late, or come early)
  • The SLP will begin treating your child as soon as the evaluation is complete, during regularly scheduled therapy at Strive
  • The SLP will send information home for parents, and is available to meet with parents at the center to help parents learn how to help their children communicate
  • The SLP teaches Strive staff daily the best ways to teach the child to communicate