Children’s Language & Literacy Services

Core PACT Summer Sessions Starting in JUNE!
If you are looking for early intervention language development therapy for your 18-36 month old, call us at (734) 764-8440 to see if the program would be a good fit for your family.

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.

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    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)

Check our Events and News page to see dates of upcoming sessions.

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. To find upcoming sessions, please visit the News and Events page. 

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. 

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 an assessment of your child’s strengths and challenges.  The next step is literacy skill development sessions based on the information found from the assessment. We also offer a summer camp targeted at readers who are entering the first grade who may show reading gaps.

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

The program is run by Carolyn Hansen, Ph.D., 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.

Next Step

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

Who is the Reading Program For?


The reading program is designed to help develop literacy skills in children of all abilities — whether they have been officially evaluated and provided with an Individualize Education Plan (IEP), or if their present level of performance is fairly high, but they have gaps in certain areas, such as reading fluency or spelling.

Our intervention program is particularly strong for students who may otherwise slip through the cracks. For instance, they may not show extreme deficits in any area, but because literacy is such a foundational skill for learning, strengthening their abilities may help offset future academic obstacles. In other words, our program aims to provide early intervention before a challenge can turn into a problem.

Learning Disabilities and Other Challenges

We recognize that there may be co-occurring issues for some young readers, such as ADHD or dyslexia, that reading intervention may help, but not fully address. Our in-depth learning and language development evaluations may be a better place to begin for children who exhibit different challenges. You can learn more about those on our Evaluations page.

We Can Help

If you are uncertain where to begin, please contact us at (734) 764-8440 or ucll@umich.edu and we can walk you through the best options for your family.

What to Expect


When you contact UCLL regarding a child’s reading and literacy skills, we will ask you a few questions to understand what services may work best for you. Once it is determined if the Reading Intervention Program is the right fit or if you have specifically been referred to the program, we will schedule an initial assessment. The assessment will be performed by Carolyn Hansen, Ph.D.

Assessment

Dr. Hansen uses a variety of tools to gauge your reader’s abilities. The first part of the assessment will take about 45 minutes, with a follow up session where the results are provided and reviewed with parents/guardians. The assessment can be a stand alone service, or is the first step in establishing one-on-one literacy skill development sessions.

One-On-One Sessions

During the one-on-one sessions, Dr. Hansen will work on targeting the skills your reader needs to strengthen, using research-based strategies such as Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell multisensory interventions.

We also offer a Summer Reading Camp for young readers who are preparing to enter the first grade in the fall. If you are interested in learning more about that option, click the tab at the top for more information.

More Intensive Evaluation

During the initial call, if it seems like a more intensive evaluation would be beneficial, we will talk to you about setting up a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to determine if there are underlying learning and attention disorder issues or speech-language development challenges that are contributing to your child’s literacy challenges.

Take the First Step

Contact us to get started: Email us at UCLL@umich.edu or call (734) 764-8440.

Summer Reading Camps


The UCLL Reading Intervention Program also offers reading support to improve the literacy skills of children entering first grade during a fun and engaging summer camp. Our reading specialist uses research-based strategies and tailored instruction to teach the foundations of reading.

Camp Details
The summer camps are each two weeks long, with one in July and one in August. These are geared toward children who may show some gaps in their reading abilities and who could benefit from strengthening those skills. The camps help children prepare for entering the first grade.

Camp attendees will learn through fun and engaging skill-building strategies, such as: 

  • Multi-sensory reading
  • Fine and gross motor activities
  • Outdoor play
  • Stories, songs, listening and games

Each two-week camp costs $550 for the full session. The camps typically run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday for the designated two weeks. Children can attend either one or both camp sessions (they are not subsequent sessions, but some children may benefit from further help).

Take the Next Step

Click to Learn More or to Register

Frequently Asked Questions


How is this program different from other reading programs?

Our program stands out from others in several distinct ways:

  1. Full Spectrum: We provide service to address the gamut of literacy issues children may exhibit. Often programs are generally either focused on services for students who need a high level of intervention or provide tutoring for students who don’t necessarily show gaps. Our program is set up to help all learners — from those who have underlying learning challenges to those who need a short-term focus on a particular skill to get caught up, to all readers who fall between the two ends of that spectrum.
  2. Our Reputation: As part of the University Center for Language and Literacy at the University of Michigan, we also offer the highly regarded, intensive, individualized, and innovative care that our clinic is known for.
  3. In-house Expertise: Carolyn Hansen, Ph.D., is highly trained and has many years of experience addressing literacy issues as an educator as well as literacy specialist. The assessments and one-on-one sessions are provided by Dr. Hansen. She also leaders our Summer Reading Camps, but because of the number of participants, she is additionally aided by the certified speech-language pathologists at UCLL and an occasional graduate-level fellow.
  4. Year-round Services: While school districts offer interventions during the school year, our services are available year-round to ensure your schedule can be accommodated and so there are no losses during academic breaks.

Do you accept insurance? 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept insurance for our Reading Intervention Program services.

Is financial support available? 

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. 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. For information on fees and registration, please contact UCLL at (734) 764-8440 or ucll@umich.edu.

Where do I park? 

UCLL provides valet service to reading intervention participants — except for Summer Reading Camp participants because of the volume of vehicles. 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.

If you are participating in the Summer Reading Camps, we will email you parking directions once your registration is complete. We know parking on or near campus can be challenging, so we are working to make this as easy as possible for our clients.

Remaining Questions?

If you have additional questions you would like to address before committing to our program, please contact us at UCLL@umich.edu or call (734) 764-8440 and we will be happy to answer them.

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.

Upcoming Sessions
  • Session 1 (two weeks):
    July 10-21, 2017
  • Session 2 (two weeks):
    August 7-18, 2017
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.