How to Prepare

The following information will help you prepare for your time at UMAP.

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
  • Study space
  • Private day rooms with beds and chairs (available to clients as well as caregivers/family)
  • Computer and technology lab
  • 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 ethnic cuisine, craft beer, books, or the park, you’ll enjoy our city.

When you arrive at UMAP, you will be greeted by the staff who you will be working with at an orientation meeting. At this meeting, you will receive a packet which contains:

  • Your first week’s therapy schedule
  • General information about UMAP
  • Information about Ann Arbor

Following a tour of the facility, you will begin the therapy program.

Therapy begins with further testing and evaluation from one or more Speech-Language Pathologist. Following the testing, you will talk with your team of clinicians about goals for recovery and benchmarks to measure your progress.

Your days at UMAP will be spent in therapy sessions working on goals that you and your team designed to maximize your progress.
Your schedule will consist of:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Computer lab sessions
  • Group music therapy*
  • Social-recreational activities

Important to Know

  • More music therapy sessions can be scheduled to augment your program.
  • You may be provided with homework assignments to reinforce therapy goals.
  • Scheduling is flexible. If needed, we can arrange rest periods or have trained volunteers help you with your homework.
“Ann Arbor has a lot to offer. We enjoyed exploring U-M’s campus with its beautiful architecture and quads, walking the trails in Nichols Arboretum, touring the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and of course, touring ‘The Big House.’ It was the perfect combination of advancing [my husband’s] recovery with the added benefit of a vacation.”Spouse of UMAP client

The UMAP social coordinator, Lisa, will plan a number of unique activities designed to be fun and promote real-world context for building communication skills. Outside of therapy, clients and caregivers can find fun things to do in Ann Arbor. For more information on activities and sites in the city, visit the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Unfortunately, we are unable to take care of a client’s specific health services, such as administering medication or rate monitoring. However, we are located near several specialty clinics, the VA hospital and the University hospital community. Before arriving at UMAP, please be sure to coordinate medical needs well in advance with local area doctors or hospitals.

We are not able to make appointments for you. Some clinics have long wait times, so making contact ahead of time is very important.

Should a client require emergency service while at UMAP, all services will be provided through the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS).

Before arriving at UMAP each day, please remember to bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications.

At noon, you’ll have lunch and an opportunity to practice your communication skills with others. UCLL has a dining room and kitchen which allows you to bring your own lunch and stay onsite, with access to a refrigerator and microwave. Alternately, we offer a lunch program where meals are delivered from a local restaurant at an additional charge.
As you prepare for your time at UMAP, please remember to pack the following:

  • Clothing and Shoes (suitable for the season in which you will be attending UMAP)
    • Casual attire (for therapy)
    • Special/additional clothing (e.g. exercise clothing)
    • Seasonal items (e.g. outerwear for fall and winter, swimwear for summer)
    • Don’t forget your shoes! In the winter, boots are a must.
  • Therapy Supplies
    • Speech-language therapy materials
    • Augmentative communication devices
    • Computer software used at home
    • Rolling bag for carrying therapy materials
    • Photos of family, home, pets, vacations
    • Video or audio of you prior to your injury or in the acute state of recovery (to aid in diagnosing and treating your communication difficulties)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal Needs
    • Identification
    • Important phone numbers/addresses
    • Health insurance cards
    • List of current medications
    • Adequate supply of prescription medications
  • Financial Items
    • Cash
    • Checkbook
    • Credit/debit cards
  • Other (optional)
    • Golf clubs
    • Tennis rackets
    • Combination lock
    • Anything that helps you relax
Because parking can be very challenging on this side of town, we offer free valet parking to our clients and caregivers. You must check in with the valet at the side entrance or obtain a parking permit (at the desk on the first floor) if there is no valet present. We are not responsible for tickets and citations for parking. Some local hotels offer free shuttle services to and from UCLL. Cabs and Uber are also abundant throughout town.

Learn more about parking here.

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

Common Concerns

Do caregivers attend with clients?

Most caregivers do attend UMAP, but it is not required. Caregivers are encouraged to observe and participate in some of the therapy sessions. It is beneficial to attend some sessions in order to become familiar with the communication tools and strategies being used with the loved one with aphasia.

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

What do clients do when not in therapy?

We offer a social-recreational component of UMAP that includes weekly Dinner Club and weekend activities. Ann Arbor is a town rich with culture and friendly for people of all ages — young children to older adults. It’s just the right size for exploring, offering a range of experiences, while not being so big 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.