April 22 Aphasia Chat

Aphasia Cafe: Virtual Check-in

While we usually like to have a single topic for our chats, in this stressful time, we thought it best to make our next chat another virtual check-in. Bring your thoughts and feelings. What have you noticed that has made you feel better? Any great tips you’ve discovered that you can pass along to people with aphasia? Feeling blue — connect with other people.

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 April 22nd at noon EST (that’s Eastern Standard Time).


The topic we’re discussing: Virtual Check-in.

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, April 20th at 8 am EST (again, Eastern Standard Time).

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



  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Would like some socialization

  • C
    April 21, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    I’m relatively young, 39, and I’m beginning to think I have aphasia. I talked with my doctor today,and she agreed it sounded like a form of aphasia, but most likely caused by stress since I haven’t had a stroke, or any other trauma. I’m kinda scared. I seem to be pretty forgetful lately, too.

  • Mindy Connerly
    June 2, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    I am 36 years old and I have aphasia and apraxia due having a stroke… Every day I get better but Pharma HR says If you don’t get better by August you Will be replaced and terminated… Three months is not enough time for me to start work but i’m gonna try my best.

    Venting and worried…

    Mindy Connerly

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