Aphasia-Focused Online Programming and Events

Find Aphasia-Focused Online Programming and Events

Long before the pandemic, the National Aphasia Association started the Aphasia Cafe, an online, monthly, aphasia-friendly chat aiming to bring together people with aphasia, caregivers, and people who work with people who have aphasia. Each month, we change the topic, moving from concrete tips (how do you navigate the grocery store) to heartfelt discussions (what are your goals for this year?). Some people come every month. Others join us from time to time. All are welcome to pop in during the hour.

After the pandemic hit, we saw group after group move online. We provided instructions for hosting your own meeting, and many clinics followed the guide and set up their own programs—some daily, some weekly, and some monthly, like the NAA.

We often get asked about other online chats, and we wanted to create a place people could go to find out which groups were currently meeting online.

We update the bottom portion of the post once a month. The information below is valid as of February 1, 2021, and it will be updated again on March 5, 2021.

Please direct all requests for more information to the person in the listing. They may not see comments left on this post, so you should reach out directly.

Online Events, Meetings, and Programming

 

Aphasia Cafe

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Cafe
  • Link for more information: https://www.aphasia.org/category/aphasia-cafe/
  • Information: An informal, monthly, aphasia-friendly video chat, which brings the conversation and camaraderie of a face-to-face group into the comfort of your own living room.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Our date changes monthly, but it is always on a Wednesday at noon. You can find the latest signup form by clicking the link for more information.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Name of clinic or group: Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Link for more information: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/health-professions/star-program/
  • Information: Weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 10-11am CT. Writing Club, Bible Study, and Book Club on Thursdays at 10am, 11am, and 12pm CT, respectively.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning 1/19/21.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Center of California

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Center of California
  • Link for more information: http://www.aphasiacenter.org
  • Information: The Aphasia Center of California (ACC) is providing virtual speech-language pathologist facilitated aphasia groups each week for residents of California. Current groups include conversation groups, News Forum groups, and Music Club groups. Participants identify the group(s) they are most interested in and ACC President & Founder, Dr. Roberta Elman, recommends the most appropriate group(s) based on the telephone interview, aphasia severity/type, and participant/family goals.
  • Free or Paid: Sliding fee scale available. No one will be turned away because of financial hardship.
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): ACC groups meet weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Sing Aphasia

  • Name of clinic or group: Sing Aphasia
  • Link for more information: https://singaphasia.com
  • Information: Sing Aphasia is welcoming new members to join our weekly choir rehearsals on Zoom. As we pursue 501c3 status, we will be adding more courses, such as songwriting and private voice lessons, in addition to monthly aphasia choir meet-ups with other aphasia choirs around the country and world. Now is a great time to try singing in a safe, nurturing online environment and we hope to meet new friends in 2021!
  • Free or Paid: First class free, Pay-what-you-can donation
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Saturdays, 11:00am Eastern, starting January 16, 2021
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Janet M. Gritz, MA, CCC- SLP (SLP private practice)

  • Name of clinic or group: Janet M. Gritz, MA, CCC- SLP (SLP private practice)
  • Link for more information: email Janet at JanetGSLP@comcast.net
  • Information: Monthly Stroke / Aphasia Chat and Stroke INFO Chat via Zoom, open to stroke survivors, family caregivers, and health care providers
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): 2nd and 4th Friday afternoons, 2-4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

ETSU Communication Support Group

  • Name of clinic or group: ETSU Communication Support Group
  • Link for more information: email at andrewscm@etsu.edu
  • Information: Monthly meeting hosted by faculty and graduate students at ETSU. Meetings typically involve an educational component, fun communication activity, and more!
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): 3rd Wednesday of the month 3:30-5:30
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Virtual Connections from Lingraphica and Aphasia Recovery Connection

  • Name of clinic or group: Virtual Connections from Lingraphica and Aphasia Recovery Connection
  • Link for more information: https://devices.aphasia.com/virtual-connections
  • Information: Connect with hundreds of individuals with aphasia and their loved ones from anywhere in the world. Live online meetups facilitated by speech-language pathologists and other aphasia experts are available 7 days a week for FREE.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Date(s) and Time(s): New Sessions Every Week!
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Informal PPA Meet-up

  • Name of clinic or group: Barbara Krentzman
  • Link for more information: email at bgkrentzman@gmail.com
  • Information: I am the sister of someone newly diagnosed with PPA. I am interested in connecting with others navigating this challenge.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: One time only
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Any date preferred by others.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Adler Aphasia Center: Virtual Meet-Ups

  • Name of clinic or group: Adler Aphasia Center: Virtual Meet-Ups
  • Link for more information: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ba5ad23abf49-free1
  • Information: Open to people with aphasia who are not enrolled in any other Adler program. Our meet-ups offer a place for people with aphasia to connect with one another. Meet-ups are hosted by volunteers of the Adler Aphasia Center.
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Weekly meetings are held on either Wednesday evenings (6 pm to 7 pm ET) or Thursday afternoons (Noon-1pm ET)
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Poems in Speech

  • Name of clinic or group: Poems in Speech
  • Link for more information: email at msharder@comcast.net
  • Information: This is a free Zoom Poetry Program for people with aphasia, but anyone who loves poetry is welcome. Write your own poem, read it aloud, and tell us about it. Work on your creativity and your speech. You can use someone’s poem or even use your device to speak.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Twice a month
  • Date(s) and Time(s): The first and third Monday of each month at 5:00 PM ET
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

International Aphasia Movement

  • Name of clinic or group: International Aphasia Movement
  • Link for more information: https://iamaphasia.org
  • Information: We offer small group aphasia therapy on Zoom twice a month in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Twice a month
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Two Mondays a month, 6 pm to 7:30 pm Eastern Time (New York City)
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Cognitive Concierge’s Virtual Aphasia Retreats

  • Name of clinic or group: Cognitive Concierge’s Virtual Aphasia Retreats
  • Link for more information: https://mycognitiveconcierge.com/#our_enrichment_programs
  • Information: Our virtual monthly retreats offer an opportunity for people living with aphasia to become immersed in a new topic each month (e.g., exploring a new city, learning about ornithology or astronomy). Retreats include access to an interactive website with 3-4 hours of activities each week, in addition to a weekly 90 minute Aphasia Social Group for people with aphasia and their care partners. We have separate groups for people with stroke-induced aphasia and people with primary progressive aphasia. Contact Becky Khayum: 331.256.9134 or becky.khayum@mycognitiveconcierge.com
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Our 90-minute Aphasia Groups meet every week on Tuesdays as a part of our Retreats: Primary Progressive Aphasia Group at 11 am eastern time and Stroke Aphasia Group at 1 pm eastern time
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program

  • Name of clinic or group: Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program
  • Link for more information: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/health-professions/star-program/
  • Information: 3-8
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesdays from 10-11am CT. Writing Club, Bible Study, and Book Club on Thursdays at 10 am, 11 am, and 12 pm CT
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

  • Name of clinic or group: Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center
  • Link for more information: email at rmental@chsc.org
  • Information: Adult Communication Group meets every Wednesday from 1 pm – 2 pm ET. It is a place for individuals with aphasia to have conversations with their peers, and also participate in language building activities.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Monday at 1pm EST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Southeastern Book Club

  • Name of clinic or group: Southeastern Book Club
  • Link for more information: martha.sherrill@selu.edu
  • Information: The Southeastern Book Club is open to all adults with communication disorders and their caregivers. We meet every week to discuss a chapter or two of a book that was chosen by the group, and all books are provided to participants free of charge. We have group members all across the country, and we come together each week to socialize, connect, and talk about a good book!
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesdays at 12:00 pm (noon) CST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

WellPeer

  • Name of clinic or group: WellPeer
  • Link for more information: https://www.strokesurvivorresources.com/
  • Information: 1. Work Out Your Words – Pair physical movement with speech to exercise, stretch, and practice your words. 2. Yoga for Relaxation – Calm the nervous system, strengthen and stretch your muscles and release your mind from past and present stressors.
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Weekly classes: WOYW, Monday and Friday 11:15; Yoga, Monday 4:00 for 8 weeks
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

MossRehab Aphasia Center

  • Name of clinic or group: MossRehab Aphasia Center
  • Link for more information: https://mrri.org/mossrehab-aphasia-center/
  • Information: MossRehab Aphasia Center offers a number of virtual group activities including conversation cafes, talking book club, and virtual variety hour.
  • Free or Paid: Virtual Variety Hour is free. Conversation cafe and talking book club have fees, scholarships are available.
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
  • Special Software: Zoom links for each group are provided via email. Instructions and assistance to download Zoom are available. Zoom account not required.

 

Aphasia Center of Tucson / Friends of Aphasia

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Center of Tucson / Friends of Aphasia
  • Link for more information: http://www.friendsofaphasia.com/
  • Information: Friends of Aphasia offers structured, facilitated aphasia groups designed to build communication skills within a caring and supportive community. Groups are held via zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please email info@friendsofaphasia.com for more information or visit our website.
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Three days per week
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; times vary
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP) – Aphasia Social Hour!

  • Name of clinic or group: U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP) – Aphasia Social Hour!
  • Link for more information: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcuirqTwtG9GSPMhLqQdkhcPsUgB3O8q9
  • Information: The U-M Aphasia Program hosts a free, virtual monthly Aphasia Social Hour. (It was weekly, but we have changed the schedule for the summer.) We offer the social hour to help people with aphasia connect, practice conversation, and share and learn tips in a comfortable, low-pressure group. Social hours are open to anyone in the aphasia community — including caregivers, people with aphasia, family members, and Speech-Language professionals.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Aphasia Social Hours: 4-5 p.m. (EST) on the first Thursday of the month. Upcoming: June 3, 2021, July 1, 2021, and Aug. 5, 2021.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, but they don’t need a Zoom account. Registration is required. We have an aphasia-friendly guide to using Zoom available!

 

The Rocky Mountain Aphasia Chorale

  • Name of clinic or group: The Rocky Mountain Aphasia Chorale
  • Link for more information: https://www.aphasiachorale.org
  • Information: RMAC is a choir for stroke survivors with aphasia as well as their friends, families, and community— all are welcome! We were founded in 2018 by a nonprofit music therapy organization to be a place where survivors can use their voices and share their strengths. Our choir meets in a hybrid format both virtually and in person every Monday at 5:30pm MST and performs two concerts a year out in the community.
  • Free or Paid: Free, donation-based
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Mondays, 5:30pm MST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

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This post is updated at the beginning of each month, so if it’s after the first of the month, you will see your listing go live at the beginning of next month. Listings will be kept on the post indefinitely if they are a recurring meeting or haven’t happened yet at the time of the update.

Telepractice

For online speech therapy or 1:1 sessions, please use the affiliate database and choose the “telepractice” option under the drop-down menu for “what are you looking for?” There are many clinics and speech pathologists listed in that resource.

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