UPCT was founded to fill gaps in care for children’s rehabilitative or educational therapy. Working in collaboration with regional partners, UPCT will first help cover summer therapy needs for children by providing a 6 week program in Marquette and Delta Counties, with expansion expected in the coming years. Other areas of need are being evaluated and addressed by UPCT’s experienced Board of Directors. UPCT is funded by grants, donations, service fees and other fundraising. UPCT is not an insurance based program.
- The summer speech program provides 6 weeks of either individual or group therapy to children generally between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. The therapy is generally very helpful to continue gains made throughout the school year or to prevent regression. Children may have a clinical diagnosis in addition to educational. The program can be more intensive and focused than school therapy.
- The children who benefit from this program are those who would not attend Baycliff Health Camp. Letters are mailed to every school in the areas serviced to the attention of the special education department and speech therapists with program information as well as to clinical therapists.
- The therapy provided is based on the suggestions from the child’s school or clinical therapist and generally is a continuation of the school or clinical program, although possibly more intensive. For young children, the referral can come from a physician or other sources such as NMU. Progress reports are done each visit and a summary is done for each child and sent to the school therapist and parent upon completion of the program. Participant feedback has been 100% positive.
- Program began in the mid-1990’s under the local Easter Seals office and was provided at first in Marquette county and then moved to Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft and Dickinson. For 2009-2011, the program was partially funded by the Bell Foundation as Easter Seals pulled out of the U.P. entirely. Currently the program has been provided in Marquette, Ishpeming and Escanaba.
- At its peak in the mid-2000’s, the program was seeing up to 150 children. In 2014 this program saw 20 children, in 2015 it grew to 41 and has hovered around that mark but has had limited funding to promote the program, as well as limited funding to provide the services so has not been aggressively marketed.
- Superior Rehabilitation & Professional Services (SRPS) employs the staff and management that has run the program since Easter Seals left the area. Since 2015, the program has been done in conjunction with NMU staff, and receives limited grant funds from NMU.
- The program partners with local school districts and ISD’s for space to provide the program and in 2015 NMU’s summer program merged with this program and uses their facility. There is no other program like this in the region.
- The cost of the program is for the direct cost of staffing and supplies. SRPS provides the staffing at a steep discount.
UP Children’s Therapy
600 U.S. 41
Negaunee, MI 49866
Office: (906) 401-0040
Fax: (906) 401-0180