The Aphasia Center at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) offers:

Weekly Aphasia Community Groups and Classes

  • Book Club, Conversation Group, and a variety of other classes to support communication and life participation

Intensive Aphasia Treatment Program

Opportunities to participate in Aphasia Research Studies

  • Improving Electronic Written Communication in Aphasia.  Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is conducting a research study that will help us understand how to better treat writing and texting skills in persons with aphasia.Participants must meet the following criteria:
    • Diagnosis of aphasia from a single stroke
    • More than 6 months since stroke onset
    • English-speaking before the stroke

    If you should qualify:

    You will receive 30 hours of writing therapy over a period of 4 weeks. You will be required to attend assessment visits before and immediately after the treatment, and at 4 weeks after the end of the treatment.

    For more information, please contact the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment at 312-238-6163 or e-mail Elissa Conlon ( or Laura Kinsey (

  • Time Distribution of Computer-Based Script Training in Aphasia. We are currently looking for participants with aphasia for a treatment study lasting about 8 weeks.  The purpose is to compare 3 different practice schedules.Conversation practice on the computer

    No computer skills necessary!

    7 visits to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

    Participants must meet the following criteria:

    1.  Have aphasia due to a single stroke
    2. At least 3 months poststroke

    Please email Laura Kinsey (, or call us at (312) 238-6163.

Aphasia Treatment Software products for sale

Annual Aphasia Day celebration in June (sample Program)


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