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 Jan 5, 2021, and it will be updated again on Feb 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

Add Your Event

Do you have an online event, meeting, or programming and would like it added to the list? Please fill out this form. You should only fill out the form once.

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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