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:

  • Language Development for Young Children: PACT

    The Preschool and Communication Therapy (PACT) program addresses the communication needs of children 3-4 years old. A Core PACT program is also offered less frequently, serving 18-36 months old who are struggling to learn language. Scroll down to read more about this program.

  • Reading and Literacy Intervention

    The reading program is for children and early teens in grades K-8. 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.

  • 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.

Preschool And Communication Therapy (PACT): Overview

PACT offers intensive speech-language intervention for children ages 4 and younger. The program typically runs seasonally. If you are concerned about your child’s language development, we can also provide an evaluation and/ or individual therapy for them.

We have a nearly 1:1 ratio of adults to children in the program, so each child receives individualized attention as well as the benefit of the group. Each session is staffed by two certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, a graduate student intern, and undergraduate student volunteers. We find that the children learn better when an adult is able to give them the support they need.

Children who attend the programs typically have limited speaking vocabularies, 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:

  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 need of language assistance may exhibit. Please contact UCLL if you have specific concerns about your child or to schedule a language and literacy evaluation.

Get Started: Secure Online Application for PACT and Core PACT

Start the Process

Click to go to our secure online 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. 

Click on the tabs below to find more details about each part of the program. 

Reading Intervention Program Overview

The Reading Intervention Program offers intensive, individualized services to build literacy skills in each child. The program offers several services. Unless an evaluation to gauge reading strengths and challenges has recently been performed, we will typically begin with a benchmark assessment of your child’s reading ability.

The assessment will be used to determine levels of fluency, accuracy, and comprehension, and additional skills such as phonemic awareness.

The next step is literacy skill development sessions based on the information found from the assessment.

Literacy Skills

The Reading Intervention Program is designed to address the following literacy skills:

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

Our highly experienced reading interventionists work with each child to close reading gaps as efficiently as possible, while focusing on their individual needs. We use research-based instructional approaches, including Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell multi-sensory intervention strategies to address reading challenges in children of all abilities. 

Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about the reading program, please call (734) 764-8440 or fill out our secure online application for the Reading Program (opens in a new tab).

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.