Welcome, Fellow Speech-Language Professional!

Thank you for taking the time to get to know the
U-M Aphasia Program better — and what it is we can do for you and your clients.

We have heard from SLPs who often feel frustrated or overwhelmed with figuring out what to do next with clients with aphasia who have plateaued, who are limited to a few sessions per week because of case load or insurance limits, or who would benefit from or need more frequent and intensive therapy.

Does that sound familiar? Have you found yourself in that scenario? 

We set up this page for you - to help provide a next step, a course of action for your clients, and also to let you know you're not alone. 

The U-M Aphasia Program in 3 Sentences

  1. We have been treating people with different types of aphasia through intensive, individualized, and innovative speech language therapy for more than 83 years.
  2. We offer year-round, intensive in-person sessions at our Michigan office, as well as teletherapy (in states where we are licensed).
  3. Our program is perfect for people with aphasia who may have slowed their progress or who might require a more intensive approach to speech and language therapy for recovery.

Learn More: Scroll below to see program components, client outcomes, and more.

Ready to make a client referral to UMAP? Click here to go to the referral and contact page.

SLPs Make a World of Difference

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New! UMAP Overview to Share with Clients

IfU-M Aphasia Program Overview for SLPs to print and share you have a client who might be interested in the U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP), you can direct them to our public UMAP website: aphasiahelp.com or download this PDF to print and/or email their way.

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A Deeper Look: U-M Aphasia Program Components and Outcomes

But how do we know it works? Is it worth the money? How do you know if you should recommend the U-M Aphasia Program to a client or caregiver?

Program Components

  • In-person sessions run 3-5 weeks, year-round
  • 25 hours of therapy each week
  • Group therapy
  • Technology learning and support
  • Social and recreational activities to support Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA)
  • Caregiver curriculum and learning opportunities
  • Tailored to each client
  • Full time, but part time options are available
  • Customized exit plan for clients to continue their progress
  • Teletherapy where licensed

UMAP Outcomes and Progress

UMAP Clinical Changes shows increase on WAB-R

The information here is representative of an average full-time intensive UMAP experience. We used several data points, including the Western Aphasia Battery - Revised (WAB-R) scores as benchmarks.

While the numbers are compelling, they don't tell the whole story. For example, UMAP clients often show gains in confidence and independence, key parts of recovery that aren't necessarily reflected on standardized assessments.

Outcomes can also vary based on type and severity of aphasia.

20 percent increase in WAB-R score after one session

UMAP Client Progress More than One Year Post-Aphasia

Even clients who have had aphasia for more than one year showed significant progress on the WAB-R after one full, in-person UMAP session, based on pre- and post-testing.

Even post-one-year, people with aphasia made progress

100% of Clients and Care Partners Would Recommend UMAP

When asked if they would recommend the U-M Aphasia Program to others with aphasia, 100% of clients and care partners said yes. More than 97% said they would "highly recommend" the program. 

More Client Data

If you are interested in learning more about our client data, see: UMAP Client Outcomes Data

Want to Learn More About Aphasia in General or UMAP Specifically?

We would love to answer your questions or provide more information!

We are also happy to provide in-service workshops or presentations about aphasia or the intensive approach to treatment.

Please call us at (734) 764-8440 or fill out the contact form here to get the conversation started.

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