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.

Victor Vaughn Building - Via Google Street View

UMAP, as part of the University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL), is housed in the historic Victor Vaughan building. It was originally the site of the U-M homeopathic hospital, which burned down in the 1920s. The Vaughan House, as it was called, was built in 1938 as a dormitory for medical students. In line with its history, it has since been converted into medical offices, classrooms and of course, our Center. It has classic vintage charm that helps many feel comfortable right away.

Inside our ivy-covered building you’ll find a welcoming staff and:

  • Our caregiver lounge
  • Office and study spaces
  • Private day rooms with beds and chairs (available to clients as well as caregivers/family)
  • Wireless internet
  • A full kitchen (sometimes used for group activities like baking birthday cakes)
  • A lunch room for clients, caregivers and staff to gather, eat and socialize

Around the block is the University of Michigan campus. The culture and energy of the university is all around, even during the coldest of winters. The Ann Arbor area offers a variety of restaurants, concert venues, free festivals and events, shops, wine bars, and bookstores.  Whether you enjoy different cuisines, craft beer, books, or the park, you’ll enjoy our city.

For further guidance on what to expect or bring, please contact us at (734) 764-8440 or ucll@umich.edu.

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.

Lodging

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.