UCLL Open House - Anniversary

UCLL 80th Anniversary Open House Recap


On Nov. 9, a variety of past and present clients and staff, families and friends, and those curious about UCLL visited during the 80th Anniversary Open House. The event kicked off with time to mingle and to explore UCLL programs before moving on to the remarks and tours of the building. UCLL Director, Dr. Carol Persad, spoke about the history …

Mastering the American Accent Program at UCLL

Mastering the American Accent: A Workshop for Non-Native Speakers

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A Workshop to Enhance Student Communication Skills If English is not your first language, and you would like to work on your speaking and listening abilities, the University Center for Language and Literacy is offering a special program to help master the accent and build your communication skills. The program will help you “hear” the American accent for better listening, …

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UMAP Research Explores New Advances in Aphasia Treatment tDCS


A new method for potentially treating language disorders and prompting language recovery has emerged. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a form of brain stimulation researchers are exploring as treatment for a number of conditions, including aphasia. Aphasia is a speech-language disorder that can occur when a stroke, head trauma, or illness causes injury to the language centers of the brain. …

CorePACT- Spring2017

Program for Children with Language Development Challenges


Spring 2017 Core PACT Session – March 6-30, 2017 Language development program 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 …

Power Outage Notice

Power Outage at Washington Street Office – UPDATED

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Power Outage Update All services have resumed post-power outage: Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. Thank you for your understanding while we worked to correct the issue. If You Have An Appointment Scheduled If you have an appointment scheduled for Jan. 13 before 11 a.m.,  you likely have already heard from one of our representatives to reschedule your time. …

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MARI Holiday Hours

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Please note that the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) has applied holiday hours for the end the year. We will be closed following the University of Michigan seasonal schedule, from Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016-Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. All MARI Centers will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Holiday hours are the same across all of our Centers …

Mastering American Accent Jan 2017-Accent Reduction

Mastering the American Accent

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 A Workshop to Enhance Student Communication Skills If English is not your first language, and you would like to work on your speaking and listening abilities, the University Center for Language and Literacy is offering a special program to help build your communication skills. The program will help you “hear” the American accent for better listening, while also helping to …

UCLL Speech-Language Pathologists Present at MSHA Conference

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UCLL Speech-Language Pathologists Present at MSHA University Center for Language and Literacy speech-language pathologists Mimi Block and Kaitlyn Ayres recently presented at the 2016 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) conference for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. They discussed how aphasia groups have become a popular form of therapy since they can be used to help clients of any severity of aphasia and at any stage of recovery. Because …

Young Mother, Wife and Teacher Finds Confidence at UMAP After Stroke

Success Story

Who: Jessica Rostron, age 31 Family: Husband Shaun Rostron and children Lukas and Lydia Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Jessica Rostron thought her migraine was just like those she had become accustomed to over the years — painful, but nothing to worry about. She went to rest in a dark room and when she came out, she faced a new reality. It …

Play and Preschools Presentation

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Speech Language Pathologists Amanda Sheridan and Kaitlyn Ayres from the University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) presented a lecture on developmental play for the class Psych 211: Community Outreach at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). The lecture focused on the importance of play in cognitive, linguistic, physical and social/emotional development. Amanda and Kaitlyn …

Upcoming Core PACT Sessions


Do You Know a Child Struggling with Language? If you know of a child under 3-years old struggling with language, our upcoming Core PACT program may be able to help. The program focuses on structured play and song-based learning in a group setting. It is held in a classroom-like environment to create a natural play context.  Upcoming Dates: Oct. 12 – …

Carol Dow-Richards Speaks About ARC


What: Carol Dow-Richards is the award-winning director of the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC), a nonprofit organization for those with aphasia and their families. Dow-Richards will discuss her experiences with her son’s aphasia as well as her work with the ARC. When: 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Where: University Center for Language and Literacy 1111 E. Catherine St. Ann Arbor, …

Tips for Staying Social with Aphasia

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 If you have aphasia, it is important to stay social. Here are 10 tips on staying social from the University of Michigan Aphasia Program.   1. Reach out on social media National Aphasia Association Facebook Page University of Michigan Aphasia Program Facebook Page UMAP Twitter  Aphasia Recovery Connection Online Resources Faces of Aphasia Website  2. Connect with family and friends …

Giving Blue Day: Give the Gift of Communication

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Tuesday, December 2nd is Giving Blue Day! Join in the national movement of Giving Tuesday by becoming a victor for language and donating to the Mary A. Rackham Institute’s University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL). Join us in changing the lives of adults and children who are affected by speech, language, and communication disorders.   Few things are as …

UCLL Director, Carol Persad, Speaks at ASHA Convention

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On Friday, November 21, University of Michigan Center of Language and Literacy Director Carol Persad presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Persad was one of the presenters at a session entitled “Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs (ICAPS): Illustrative Case Studies.”   The session walked through the intensive model for aphasia treatment and present case studies that …

Bruce Dean: LA Firefighter Now Fights Aphasia with Help of UMAP

Success Story

Lois and Bruce Dean have travelled all the way from Alta Loma, California to the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) three times since July 2013, having just finished a six-week session on August 15, 2014. Lois and Bruce continue to travel across the country for Bruce’s speech therapy because of the difference UMAP’s intensive, highly personal approach has made in …