Welcome to the University of Michigan Aphasia Program! (UMAP)
For more than 80 years, people have come from around the world to receive the highly individualized, innovative, and intensive aphasia therapy UMAP offers.
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We’ve heard it many times: you didn’t ask to be part of this club.
Yet, here you are. It’s frightening to be thrust into this world of post-injury or post-stroke language recovery, but you’re not alone. The University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) provides intensive speech and language therapy for people with language disorders after a stroke, brain injury, illness, or other neurological disorder.
We’re here to help. We work with you to develop communication skills that work for your life (using the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia recovery, as well as other methods and therapies). We also offer a caregiver component to our therapy and encourage caregivers to be involved in therapy so the skills you learn here can continue at home.
If that sounds like what you or your loved one needs, consider our program your next step. Read on to learn more.
"It seems to me that the concentrated month-long therapy is very effective.
I would highly recommend this program."
Our program does more than just focus on the effects of aphasia — and it sets us apart.
When you are affected by aphasia, the world can be a lonely place. Things that were once familiar are foreign. Something that once came easy to you, like answering a yes-or-no question or making a phone call can be overwhelming and frustrating. After nearly a century of working with those with aphasia, we understand that. The aphasia program focus isn't just language recovery following a stroke or head injury.
Our program is structured to treat the whole person through our unique intensive, individualized, and innovative care. We also use a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) to focus on building applicable skills in individual, group, and real-world interactions.
You will meet others like you, with similar challenges and inspiring triumphs. The U-M Aphasia Program focuses on helping you find meaningful ways to communicate after a stroke, head injury, or illness.
"This is an excellent program. Every staff member we dealt with was well trained, knowledgeable, personable and caring. We became very fond of everyone on staff. They will always hold a special place in our hearts for the wonderful treatment we received."
About the Program
Our intensive therapy can result in significant improvement in communication skills over time.
While each client is different, we have seen improvement occur regardless of severity, type of aphasia (those with global aphasia also respond positively to intensive therapy), education, age, or stage of recovery.
What to Expect
UMAP is one of a few clinical service programs around the country to offer an intensive speech-language therapy session that combines individual, group, and computer/tech work with music therapy and recreational activities, exemplifying the Life Participation Approach. Caregivers are encouraged to participate in sessions and social activities, as well as weekly educational seminars and a support group.
The Path to UMAP
By checking out our program, you’ve already taken a step in the right direction! If you’d like to learn more about what we can offer, you might find these links helpful:
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Improvements in speech and language skills vary from client to client and depend upon many factors. However, in our most recent outcomes study, 96 percent of clients made measurable improvements in verbal expression. Those who didn’t show progress in this area made gains in other aspects of communication, such as auditory comprehension, reading comprehension, and written expression.