How to Prepare

The following information will help you prepare for your time at the U-M Aphasia Program.

If we can be of assistance in answering your questions, please contact us at (734) 764-8440.

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Common Concerns

Do caregivers attend with clients?

Most caregivers attend UMAP, but it is not required. Caregivers are encouraged to observe and participate in designated therapy sessions. You can ask your primary clinician for details.

It can be beneficial to attend sessions to become familiar with communication tools and strategies that are being used with the person with aphasia.

Caregivers can also participate in UMAP’s weekly caregiver educational seminars.

What do clients do when not in therapy?

We offer a social-recreational component of UMAP that includes weekly Dinner Club and other activities based on client and care partner interests. Ann Arbor is great for people of all ages. It’s just the right size for exploring, offering a range of experiences, while not being so big that it’s overwhelming.

Detroit and Lansing are an hour away and Chicago and Toronto are 4-5 hours away.

What if I can’t finish the program, or miss sessions due to illness or outside appointments?

We make every effort to reschedule all therapy sessions that must be canceled due to illness or appointments. Clients are only charged for the therapy that they receive.


We partner with a few hotels that offer reduced rates to our clients, and a complimentary shuttle service that takes clients to and from UMAP (and social-recreational activities) each day. You will be responsible for arranging accommodations, though we have developed a Housing and Transportation Guide to help.

End of Session

Festivities are held at the end of each program session, in celebration of your hard work. Often, clients continue speech-language therapy when they return home. Many return to UMAP for additional sessions to further build upon communication skills. Your UMAP clinician will make specific recommendations for you.