Welcome to the University of Michigan Aphasia Program!
For 80 years, people with aphasia have come from around the world to receive the highly individualized and concentrated therapy offered at UMAP.
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 meet you where you are in your recovery and work with you to develop communication skills that work for your life (using the life participation approach as well as other methods and therapies for speech-language recovery).
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.
Our programs do 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 meeting you where you are and building confidence and strength from there. We focus on building real-world skills, in individual, group, and real-world interactions. You will meet others like you, with similar challenges and inspiring triumphs. Through cutting-edge, intensive therapy and interactive social opportunities, we focus on developing your communication skills to help you find meaningful ways to communicate after a stroke, head injury or illness.
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:
The Path to UMAP maps out the path to get started on aphasia recovery.
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.