Children’s Language & Literacy Services

UCLL offers several options to help children, teens and young adults build their speech, language and literacy skills. Those include the following:

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    Language Development for Young Children: PACT and Core PACT

    Both the Preschool and Communication Therapy (PACT) and Core PACT programs address the communication needs of children 3-4 years old and 18-36 months old who are struggling to learn language. Scroll down to read more about these programs.

  • Connector.

    Reading and Literacy Intervention and Summer Camps

    The reading program is for children and early teens in grades K-8 who could benefit from one-on-one reading coaching — from building confidence in reading to more intensive intervention. The program offers several different services, including a general assessment to gauge reading strengths and challenges, as well as individualized sessions to help address those challenges.

  • Connector.

    Testing, Consultations and Evaluations

    Our specialized testing, consultations and evaluations can help figure out both strengths and weakness within a child’s speech-language development and will help us build a plan of action to help them excel to the best of their abilities. Click here for more information on those services. Click here to learn more about our consultation services.

Language and Literacy Development for Children

*PACT and Core PACT are generously supported by the Linda Atkins Memorial Fund.

PACT and CorePACT: Overview

The PACT and CorePACT programs offer intensive speech-language intervention for children ages 4 and younger. Each session runs for four weeks, Monday through Thursday of each week. The children who attend are in therapy for 2-2.5 hours, depending on their age.

We have a nearly 1:1 ratio of adults to children in the program, so each child received individualized attention as well as the benefit of the group. Each session is staffed by two professional speech-language pathologists, a music therapist, graduate trainees, and volunteers. We find that the children learn better when an adult is able to give them the support that they need.

Children who attend the programs typically have a limited speaking vocabulary, an inability to follow simple 1- or 2-step instructions, a delay in sharing interests with others, poor eye contact and a lack of demonstrating pretend play.

Is this Program Right for My Child?


If your child has one or more of the following, he or she may be a good candidate for PACT or Core PACT:

  1. A decreased vocabulary or difficulty communicating wants and needs
  2. Difficulty following directions
  3. Difficulty playing with toys appropriately or demonstrating pretend play skills
  4. Difficulty sharing interests or activities with peers or adults
  5. Decreased eye contact

This is not an exhaustive list of characteristics that children in PACT/Core PACT may exhibit. Please contact UCLL if you have specific concerns about your child or to schedule a language and literacy evaluation.

Get Started: UCLL Application (PDF)

Core Preschool and Communication Therapy (CorePACT)


For children ages 18-36 months – Core PACT is 2 hours of therapy per day, 4 days per week, for 4 weeks.

Core Preschool and Communication Therapy (Core PACT) is a program based on our popular and highly effective PACT program. Core PACT addresses the communication needs of children ages 18-36 months who are struggling to learn language. The program is staffed by a speech-language clinician, a music therapist, graduate trainees and trained volunteers.

Core PACT:
• Builds the child’s verbal and nonverbal communication.
• Integrates parents into the intervention team.
• Teaches the child to be respectful of values and differences.
• Teaches age-appropriate preschool participation skills.
• Helps parents manage environmental stressors.

Program components include:

  • Play-based intervention and music therapy model led by a speech-language clinician.
  • Structured group intervention in naturalistic settings.
  • Pre-assessment for language skills, pragmatics, and play, and as well as a review of progress toward individualized goals.

*A parent or guardian must be willing to attend each day and be an active participant throughout the program in order to learn interactive strategies to carry over into for the home environment.

Get Started: UCLL Application (PDF)

Preschool and Communication Therapy (PACT)


For children ages 3-4 years – PACT is 2.5 hours of therapy per day, 4 days per week, for 4 weeks in the summer.

Preschool and Communication Therapy (PACT) is structured play and song-based learning that addresses the communication needs of children ages 3-4 who are struggling to learn language.

PACT:

  • Builds your child’s verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Integrates you into the intervention team.
  • Teaches the child to be respectful of values and differences.
  • Teaches age-appropriate participation skills, reading, and writing.
  • Helps parents manage environmental stressors.

Includes pre- and post-assessments of the child’s language skills, pragmatics and play. Each PACT session is staffed by two speech-language clinicians, a music therapist, and volunteers.

Program components include a total of 40 hours of therapy, broken down as follows:

  • 36.5 of the 40 total hours of therapy are held in the group classroom setting
  • 3.5 hours of individual therapy with a speech-language clinician

*A parent/guardian must attend the weekly parent education and support meetings. They also must be an active participant throughout the program in order to learn interactive strategies to carry over into the home environment.

Get Started: UCLL Application (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions


How is this program different from other preschool programs?

Unlike other programs, PACT/CorePACT focuses on developing social language and play skills in a structured environment. The class is led by certified speech-language pathologists who are experts on child language development. Your child will receive group and individual therapy everyday. For information on fees and registration, please contact UCLL at (734) 764-8440 or ucll@umich.edu.

Can I drop my child off?

  • You or another caregiver must stay in the building while your child is in PACT/CorePACT.
  • Anyone who is a possible caregiver to the child is welcome to attend the Parent Education Seminars. Please let the UCLL receptionist know in advance that someone else will be attending so that we can allow for enough space and handouts, if necessary.
  • Teachers, etc. are encouraged to observe your child at any time. All non-parent visitors must check in at the UCLL front desk to sign privacy forms BEFORE observing a session.

Where do I park? 

UCLL provides a free valet service to PACT and CorePACT participants. If there is no valet at the desk, please check in at the front desk on the first floor for a parking permit. UCLL is not responsible for citations or tickets incurred as a result of improper parking.

Does my child need to be toilet-trained?

  • No, your child does not need to be toilet-trained to participate in PACT/CorePACT.
  • When the staff notices that your child needs to be changed, a staff member will transition him or her to the bathroom so that you can change him or her. More detail about this process is presented to parents at orientation on the first day.

My child has a food allergy/special diet. Will that be a problem during snack time?

Snack time is an important part of the day in PACT/CorePACT because it’s a great opportunity for children to learn appropriate social skills about food and eating. If your child has a food allergy, please pack them snacks that they can eat. We will make a note of food allergies for each child.

Is there any financial support offered? 

The Mary A. Rackham Institute, which houses the University Center for Language and Literacy, has a long history of supporting those in need regardless of their ability to pay for our services. We continue to honor that commitment with our financial assistance program that helps those who are uninsured, who have exhausted their benefits, or are experiencing financial hardship. The financial assistance policy applies to both those who live in Michigan (up to 75% reduction in fees, based on household income and several other criteria) as well as those who live out of state or who are temporary residence of Michigan (up to 40% reduction in fees).

To learn more about the financial assistance available and to see if you qualify, please visit our Financial Assistance page.

Ready to Get Started with PACT or CorePACT?

Take me to the application: UCLL Application (PDF)

Start the Process

Download and fill out the interactive PDF application to get started. If you have questions about the program, please contact us at (734)-764-8440

The UCLL Reading Program

The UCLL Reading Program offers effective reading intervention support for students with literacy challenges — from those who may need specific, targeted skill building to those who will benefit from more intensive one-to-one interactions with our reading specialist, Carolyn Hansen, Ph.D. 

Dr. Hansen is an experienced reading specialist who works with each child to close reading gaps as efficiently as possible while focusing on their individual needs. She uses research-based instructional approaches, including Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell multisensory intervention strategies to address:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Accuracy
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Written response

The program offers several services, including a general assessment to gauge reading strengths and challenges; a summer camp targeted at readers who are entering the first grade who may show reading gaps; and individualized sessions to help address reading and comprehension challenges.

If you are interested in learning more about the reading program, please email UCLL@umich.edu or call (734) 764-8440.

Summer Reading Camps: Register Now!

The University Center for Language and Literacy Reading Camps is now offering reading intervention support to improve the literacy skills of children entering first grade. Our reading specialist uses research-based strategies and tailored instruction to teach the foundations of reading.

Click to Learn More or to Register Online

Testing, Consultations and Evaluations

If you suspect you or a loved one has a speech-language disorder, delay, language-based learning disability, or other challenges that are related to communicating (reading, writing, speaking, understanding) contact us to schedule an evaluation. If you have already received an evaluation, but would like to figure out the next steps, we can also help.

Click here to learn more about these services.