January 27 Aphasia Cafe

Aphasia Cafe: Personal Goals

Resolutions have gotten a bad reputation over the years for being impossible to keep. We make enormous promises to overhaul portions of our life forgetting one important fact: change is hard. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to set one small, manageable goal for 2021.

Whether you’re going to spend ten minutes per day doing speech exercises, commit to doing the New York Times mini crossword puzzle daily, or practice your pronouns every day before breakfast, we want to hear about the goals you’re setting for 2021.

That’s the topic we’re tackling in the next installment of our Aphasia Cafe series. These informal video chats bring the conversation and camaraderie of a face-to-face group into the comfort of your own living room.

All the Details

Everyone is welcome to our video chats, though they are structured specifically for people with aphasia in mind. Our chats are a mixture of people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals who work with people who have aphasia. We ask that everyone uses aphasia-friendly communication.


The next meeting is on January 27 at noon ET (that’s Eastern Time).


The topic we’re discussing: What are your personal goals for 2021?

Download Zoom

Before the meeting, download Zoom, which is free video chat software for your computer or mobile device. If you’ve never used Zoom, check out our quick guide to installing and using Zoom.

Collect Your Thoughts

Our chats are HUGE (as in lots and lots of people), so let us walk you through the format so you know what to expect.

  • The form below contains a place where you can give a few thoughts you’d like to discuss connected to our meeting topic
  • We choose some answers and create slides so there will be text on the screen that you can read to aid communication
  • During the chat, we’ll ask you to elaborate on your answer while your slide is on the screen
  • Other people can chime in after you speak if they have thoughts they want to add
  • But don’t worry if you just want to listen and not speak. You can do that, too
  • If you DO want to chime in, there are two ways to do that during the chat––use the chat box OR use Zoom’s “raise hand” function. We’ll talk about how to do that in our reminder email and at the beginning of the chat
  • Remember, relax, take your time, and enjoy yourself. You’re in an aphasia-friendly space

Finally… RSVP (Yes, You Need to RSVP Each Time)

Sign up for each chat by filling out the form below. We’ll send you a reminder for the call beforehand along with a link to the meeting. You will not be able to join us without signing up. Sign up is open until Monday, January 25 at 8 am ET (again, Eastern Time).

Still have questions? Send us an email about this chat to answers@aphasia.org. We’re happy to help.



  • John Bridenhagen
    December 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Anyone know a book or nih publication about cognitive communication disorder and aphasia?

  • Patricia Humphrey
    December 28, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I just looked up “cognitive communication disorder”. Sounds like what I have, brain damage from a chemical exposure. Aphasia was diagnostied first – most obvious, then altered mental status, other stuff, finally Multiple Chemical Sensitivies. I live near Mayo Hospital/Clinic in Scottsdale, they allow pubilc access to their online medical journal and medical article at the clinic for free. Do not know how this works with covid. If there is a medical school near you, you might ask if they offer the same type of research help to the public. I used the Arizona State University Law Library for free, with the help of a law libarian, no fee for copies of articles if I email the information to my email address and then print out the articles at home.

  • Carter
    January 13, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Slow down

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