Success with Language and Literacy Services

General, News

In the past year, the University of Michigan Center for Language and Literacy continued its track record of success in offering high quality speech and language services.


These services are comprised of therapy programs designed to rehabilitate a wide range of ages, from children of preschool age to students enrolled in college within the community.

For younger children, therapy includes:

  • one-on-one language therapy 
  • components of music therapy
  • classroom-like settings
  • joint-attention training
  • play-based intervention
  • structured group therapy

For our university students, Six Steps to Academic Success (SSAS) is designed to assist with

  • test-taking and memory strategies
  • reading
  • writing
  • computer technology
  • instilling self-advocacy and efficacy.

Individual therapy also continues to be offered across the age span for language and literacy needs.

New Programs

Several new programs and initiatives were also implemented this past year.


CorePACT addresses the communication needs of children, ages 18-36 months, who are struggling to learn language.

 2013 was the first year in which a summer session pilot for CorePACT was initiated. After much success, positive outcomes, and feedback, CorePACT now includes ongoing summer sessions.

Joint Evaluations

Over the past year Beth Benko began working on joint psychoeducation evaluations with the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF); a sister-department within the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI). These evaluations provide a comprehensive approach to diagnosing learning disorders by combining the expertise of both psychology and speech language experts to gain a broader understanding of the underlying academic problems children and young adults are experiencing. This approach allows for the development of treatment recommendations that treat the ‘whole’ person, which leads to more successful outcomes.

Parent Training Program

In addition, after attending a Michigan State University workshop called “Project Impact” in May of 2013 senior speech-language pathologist Liz Mercado and Beth Benko returned to UCLL and proposed a new parent training program to include in the Language and Literary Services.

The parent training program includes one-on-one training sessions with the parent and their child to help parents implement the language strategies outside of the treatment setting and to help their child transfer new skills to both the home and school environment. The program is divided between presentation, discussion, and hands-on training.