Long before the pandemic, the National Aphasia Association started the Aphasia Cafe, an online, monthly, aphasia-friendly chat aiming to bring together people with aphasia, caregivers, and people who work with people who have aphasia. Each month, we change the topic, moving from concrete tips (how do you navigate the grocery store) to heartfelt discussions (what are your goals for this year?). Some people come every month. Others join us from time to time. All are welcome to pop in during the hour.

After the pandemic hit, we saw group after group move online. We provided instructions for hosting your own meeting, and many clinics followed the guide and set up their own programs—some daily, some weekly, and some monthly, like the NAA.

We often get asked about other online chats, and we wanted to create a place people could go to find out which groups were currently meeting online.

We update the bottom portion of the post once a month on the 5th.

Please direct all requests for more information to the person in the listing. They may not see comments left on this post, so you should reach out directly.

Online Events, Meetings, and Programming

 

Aphasia Cafe

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Cafe
  • Link for more information: https://www.aphasia.org/category/aphasia-cafe/
  • Information: An informal, monthly, aphasia-friendly video chat, which brings the conversation and camaraderie of a face-to-face group into the comfort of your own living room.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Our date changes monthly, but it is always on a Wednesday at noon. You can find the latest signup form by clicking the link for more information.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Name of clinic or group: Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Link for more information: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/health-professions/star-program/
  • Information: Weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 10-11am CT. Writing Club, Bible Study, and Book Club on Thursdays at 10am, 11am, and 12pm CT, respectively.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning 1/19/21.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Center of California

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Center of California
  • Link for more information: http://www.aphasiacenter.org
  • Information: The Aphasia Center of California (ACC) is providing virtual speech-language pathologist facilitated aphasia groups each week for residents of California. Current groups include conversation groups, News Forum groups, and Music Club groups. Participants identify the group(s) they are most interested in and ACC President & Founder, Dr. Roberta Elman, recommends the most appropriate group(s) based on the telephone interview, aphasia severity/type, and participant/family goals.
  • Free or Paid: Sliding fee scale available. No one will be turned away because of financial hardship.
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): ACC groups meet weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Sing Aphasia

  • Name of clinic or group: Sing Aphasia
  • Link for more information: https://singaphasia.com
  • Information: Sing Aphasia is welcoming new members to join our weekly choir rehearsals on Zoom. We will be adding more courses, such as songwriting and private voice lessons, in addition to aphasia choir meet-ups with other aphasia choirs around the country and world. It’s always a great time to try singing in a safe, nurturing online environment. We hope to meet new friends soon!
  • Free or Paid: Donation-based, Pay-what-you-can donation
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Saturdays, 11:00am Eastern
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Janet M. Gritz, MA, CCC- SLP (SLP private practice)

  • Name of clinic or group: Janet M. Gritz, MA, CCC- SLP (SLP private practice)
  • Link for more information: email Janet at JanetGSLP@comcast.net
  • Information: Friendly, upbeat, aphasia-friendly stroke support group facilitated by an experienced SLP. We celebrate our successes and share helpful suggestions and resources.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Twice monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): 2nd & 4th Fridays, March 10 and 24, 2-4 pm Eastern Time
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

ETSU Communication Support Group

  • Name of clinic or group: ETSU Communication Support Group
  • Link for more information: email at andrewscm@etsu.edu
  • Information: Monthly meeting hosted by faculty and graduate students at ETSU. Meetings typically involve an educational component, fun communication activity, and more!
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): 3rd Wednesday of the month 3:30-5:30
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Virtual Connections from Lingraphica and Aphasia Recovery Connection

  • Name of clinic or group: Virtual Connections from Lingraphica and Aphasia Recovery Connection
  • Link for more information: https://virtualconnections.aphasia.com
  • Information: Connect with hundreds of individuals with aphasia and their loved ones from anywhere in the world. Live online meetups facilitated by speech-language pathologists and other aphasia experts are available 7 days a week for FREE.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Date(s) and Time(s): New Sessions Every Week!
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Informal PPA Meet-up

  • Name of clinic or group: Barbara Krentzman
  • Link for more information: email at bgkrentzman@gmail.com
  • Information: I am the sister of someone newly diagnosed with PPA. I am interested in connecting with others navigating this challenge.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: One time only
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Any date preferred by others.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Poems in Speech

  • Name of clinic or group: Poems in Speech
  • Link for more information: email at msharder@comcast.net
  • Information: This is a free Zoom Poetry Program for people with aphasia, but anyone who loves poetry is welcome. Write your own poem, read it aloud, and tell us about it. Work on your creativity and your speech. You can use someone’s poem or even use your device to speak.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Twice a month
  • Date(s) and Time(s): The first and third Monday of each month at 5:00 PM ET
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

International Aphasia Movement

  • Name of clinic or group: International Aphasia Movement
  • Link for more information: https://iamaphasia.org
  • Information: We offer small group aphasia therapy on Zoom twice a month in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Twice a month
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Two Mondays a month, 6 pm to 7:30 pm Eastern Time (New York City)
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program

  • Name of clinic or group: Stroke & Aphasia Recovery (STAR) Program
  • Link for more information: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/health-professions/star-program/
  • Information: 3-8
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesdays from 10-11am CT. Writing Club, Bible Study, and Book Club on Thursdays at 10 am, 11 am, and 12 pm CT
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

  • Name of clinic or group: Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center
  • Link for more information: email at rmental@chsc.org
  • Information: Adult Communication Group meets every Wednesday from 1 pm – 2 pm ET. It is a place for individuals with aphasia to have conversations with their peers, and also participate in language building activities.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Monday at 1pm EST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Lifelines Book Club

  • Name of clinic or group: Lifelines Book Club
  • Link for more information: sherrillm@etsu.edu
  • Information: The Lifelines Book Club is open to all adults with communication disorders and their caregivers. We meet every week to discuss a chapter or two of a book that was chosen by the group, and all books are provided to participants free of charge. We have group members all across the country, and we come together each week to socialize, connect, and talk about a good book!
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesdays at 12:00 pm (noon) CST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

WellPeer

  • Name of clinic or group: WellPeer
  • Link for more information: https://www.strokesurvivorresources.com/
  • Information: 1. Work Out Your Words – Pair physical movement with speech to exercise, stretch, and practice your words. 2. Yoga for Relaxation – Calm the nervous system, strengthen and stretch your muscles and release your mind from past and present stressors.
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Weekly classes: WOYW, Monday and Friday 11:15; Yoga, Monday 4:00 for 8 weeks
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

MossRehab Aphasia Center

  • Name of clinic or group: MossRehab Aphasia Center
  • Link for more information: https://mrri.org/mossrehab-aphasia-center/
  • Information: MossRehab Aphasia Center offers a number of virtual group activities including conversation cafes, talking book club, and virtual variety hour.
  • Free or Paid: Virtual Variety Hour is free. Conversation cafe and talking book club have fees, scholarships are available.
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
  • Special Software: Zoom links for each group are provided via email. Instructions and assistance to download Zoom are available. Zoom account not required.

 

Aphasia Center of Tucson / Friends of Aphasia

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Center of Tucson / Friends of Aphasia
  • Link for more information: http://www.friendsofaphasia.com/
  • Information: Friends of Aphasia offers structured, facilitated aphasia groups designed to build communication skills within a caring and supportive community. Groups are held via zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please email info@friendsofaphasia.com for more information or visit our website.
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Three days per week
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; times vary
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) – Aphasia Social Hour!

  • Name of clinic or group: University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) – Aphasia Social Hour!
  • Link for more information: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrduyhrTooHNAdhur5j-NXAtk59twEWq96#/registration
  • Information: The U-M Aphasia Program hosts a free, virtual Aphasia Social Hour twice a month. We offer the social hour to help people with aphasia connect, practice conversation, and share and learn tips in a comfortable, low-pressure group. Social hours are open to anyone in the aphasia community — including caregivers, family members, Speech-Language professionals, but geared towards those with aphasia.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Aphasia Social Hours: The first and third Thursday of each month, from 1-2 p.m. (EST). Upcoming in 2022: Sep 1, Sep 15, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, but they don’t need a Zoom account. Registration is required. We have an aphasia-friendly guide to using Zoom available!

 

The Rocky Mountain Aphasia Chorale

  • Name of clinic or group: The Rocky Mountain Aphasia Chorale
  • Link for more information: https://www.aphasiachorale.org
  • Information: RMAC is a choir for stroke survivors with aphasia as well as their friends, families, and community— all are welcome! We were founded in 2018 by a nonprofit music therapy organization to be a place where survivors can use their voices and share their strengths. Our choir meets in a hybrid format both virtually and in person every Monday at 5:30pm MST and performs two concerts a year out in the community.
  • Free or Paid: Free, donation-based
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Mondays, 5:30pm MST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center H

  • Name of clinic or group: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center H
  • Link for more information: https://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/Keys-Clinic
  • Information: Aphasia Support Group Meetings are held twice each month. In-person on the first Thursday and online on the third Thursday. A link to the meeting is on the flyer on our website.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Online meeting third Thursdays at 6:00 pm.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Cognitive Concierge – Becky Khayum

  • Name of clinic or group: Cognitive Concierge – Becky Khayum
  • Link for more information: https://mycognitiveconcierge.com
  • Information: Primary Progressive Aphasia Virtual Chat: This online group is for people living with PPA and/or their care partners and is facilitated by experts in the area of PPA. We meet over Zoom to socialize, to answer questions about PPA, and to discuss different communication tools to help with speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1pm Eastern time over Zoom.
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Center of Maine

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Center of Maine
  • Link for more information: annemarie13@hotmail.com
  • Information: Weekly Monday morning virtual gatherings – fun, friendship, and support.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Monday morning at 10:00 AM ET
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Speech Recovery Pathways

  • Name of clinic or group: Speech Recovery Pathways
  • Link for more information: https://www.speechrecoverypathways.org/
  • Information: We offer a variety of virtual groups including Let’s Talk, Brain Stretch, Speaking Loud and Clear, and a book club to meet the ongoing needs of stroke and TBI survivors. We also offer virtual yoga/light fitness once a month. Lastly, we provide virtual caregiver groups as well.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): “Wednesday 6:00pm-7:15pm and 7:15pm -8:00pm PST
    Friday 9:15-10:00 am, 10:00-10:45am, 10:45-11:30am PST”
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Conversation Group (Briana Bigelli, MS CCC-SLP and Lauren Maclellan, MS CCC-SLP)

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Conversation Group (Briana Bigelli, MS CCC-SLP and Lauren Maclellan, MS CCC-SLP)
  • Link for more information: Briana-marie.bigelli@lifespan.org
  • Information: This group is geared towards having conversations related to daily events, current news stories, and interests of group members. It is facilitated by two trained medical speech-language pathologists.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): The second Tuesday of every month
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Richmond Stroke Recovery Club

  • Name of clinic or group: Richmond Stroke Recovery Club
  • Link for more information: boydjn27@gmail.com
  • Information: Lingraphica
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Monday – email for time
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Clefs Neurologic Music Therapy Choir

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Clefs Neurologic Music Therapy Choir
  • Link for more information: donaldcunigen@cox.net
  • Information: A small musical ensemble that originated in Rhode Island by the Hands in Harmony Music Therapy Company and a group member.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Meets on Zoom at 9:00 AM–10:00 AM EST (USA) every Friday morning; includes international and national members
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Purdue Aphasia Support Group

  • Name of clinic or group: Purdue Aphasia Support Group
  • Link for more information: https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/aphasia/resources/aphasia-and-caregivers/aphasia-support-group/
  • Information: A free, virtual support group for people with aphasia and their caregivers. This group meets once a month for guided conversation practice, education, resource sharing, and connection with others. The group is through Purdue University and is currently led by Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP, and SLHS Purdue Graduate Students.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 6:30pm-8pm; Wednesday, April 6th from 6:30pm-8pm
  • Special Software: Free to attend, but you must register in advance to receive the restricted WebEx link. Contact Michelle Gutmann for the link at mgutmann@purdue.edu.

 

I AM

  • Name of clinic or group: I AM
  • Link for more information: https://iamaphasia.org/
  • Information:Volunteer SLPs and graduate students provide group therapy in English, Cantonese, Spanish and Mandarin.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency:Biweekly on Mondays from 5-6:30 pm ET
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Biweekly on Mondays from 5-6:30 pm ET
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Rusk Aphasia Community Groups

  • Name of clinic or group: Rusk Aphasia Community Groups
  • Link for more information: Elizabeth.Galletta@nyulangone.org
  • Information:We offer five different community groups, all conversational and focused on community building.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Monday afternoons, Tuesday afternoons, Friday midday
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Recovery Connection

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Recovery Connection
  • Link for more information: https://aphasiarecoveryconnection.org/dance-between-words/
  • Information: Aphasia Recovery Connection offers a weekly dance and movement class for people with aphasia to move, create, and connect with others while being guided by a world-class dance educator. No standing is required and many join from wheelchairs or using only one hand. Learn more on our Facebook Group by clicking the EVENTS tab to get the Zoom link!
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Every Tuesday at 2 EST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Young Aphasia Communication Club (Y.A.C.C)

  • Name of clinic or group: Young Aphasia Communication Club (Y.A.C.C)
  • Link for more information: jbcrane77@gmail.com
  • Information: A monthly support group for persons with aphasia, their families, and caregivers
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Meets 2nd Monday of each month from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Community Connections with Amy Karas SLP

  • Name of clinic or group: Community Connections with Amy Karas SLP
  • Link for more information: https://slpamykaras.com/services
  • Information: This weekly group is for individuals with nonfluent aphasia and their care partners. Sessions include theme-based conversation and lots of laughter!
  • Free or Paid: Paid
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Thursdays 3-4 PM
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Aphasia Family UCF

  • Name of clinic or group: Aphasia Family UCF
  • Link for more informationaphasiafamilyucf@gmail.com
  • Information: Aphasia Family is a free community group for people with aphasia and related conditions. We meet every Friday during the school semesters at 12:30-2:30 pm, both in-person at Aphasia House and through Zoom. College students help facilitate discussions, language and reading activities, and creative projects among our group.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Fall 2022 meetings (all listed dates are Fridays):
    September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    October 7, 14, 21, 28
    November 4, 11, 18
    December 2, 9
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Conversations about Health, Art, and Technology (CHAT) Aphasia Resource Group

  • Name of clinic or group: Conversations about Health, Art, and Technology (CHAT) Aphasia Resource Group
  • Link for more information: https://aphasiachat.weebly.com
  • Information: CHAT is a resource group for people with aphasia that meets every week on Zoom. Each week, over a dozen members of the aphasia community log on to discuss experiences, voice struggles, and share strategies. A team of dedicated interns from Boston University prepares topics and provides support to individuals of all communication skill levels.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency:Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Wednesdays
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Voices of Hope for Aphasia

  • Name of clinic or group: Voices of Hope for Aphasia
  • Link for more information: http://www.vohaphasia.org
  • Information: Offering online support and conversation groups and in-person activities based in the Tampa-bay area.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Monday – Friday
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Finding Our Voices

  • Name of clinic or group: Finding Our Voices
  • Link for more information: usingmyvoice21@gmail.com
  • Information: Would you like to improve public speaking and presentation skills with other people who have aphasia too? Finding Our Voices is a peer-led group, similar to Toastmasters, where everyone gets a chance to plan and present a speech and receives constructive feedback. Membership will be limited to 8-10 people and meetings will be held weekly on Wednesday at 10 am EST.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): First meeting will be Wednesday, July 12, 2023
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Montgomery County Stroke Association

  • Name of clinic or group: Montgomery County Stroke Association
  • Link for more information: https://www.mcstroke.org
  • Information: Monthly virtual support group for stroke survivors and their family caregivers. You are not alone! Ask questions, share suggestions and resources.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): 3rd Thursdays at 3 pm – 4 pm Eastern Time
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Virtual Connections

  • Name of clinic or group: Virtual Connections
  • Link for more information: https://virtualconnections.aphasia.com/
  • Information: MoyaMoya Virtual Support Group. Join our monthly support group for stroke survivors with aphasia and MoyaMoya Disease. This peer-led support group is facilitated by a stroke survivor with aphasia and MoyaMoya Disease, David Kim and Virtual Connections. Participants meet for support and discussion of topics related to their condition.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): May 24, 2023 at 4:00 pm EST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

Frank Goulart

  • Name of clinic or group: Frank Goulart
  • Link for more information: fgoulart@pacbell.net
  • Information: Request and dedication music.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesdays 12:30 – 1:30 pm PST / Thursdays 2 – 4 pm PST
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account (password atp – Meeting ID: 843 7362 9245)

 

Conversation Group Facilitated By Tiffany Miske

  • Name of clinic or group: Conversation Group Facilitated By Tiffany Miske
  • Link for more information: https://mailchi.mp/95e3bb7b7d9f/1urfedw9pg
  • Information: Conversation group on Zoom. Currently has 2 men with fluent aphasia. Looking to add more people with fluent aphasia or severe to profound expressive/non-fluent aphasia.
  • Free or Paid: Free
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Date(s) and Time(s): Thursdays at 3PM Mountain Time
  • Special Software: It’s via Zoom, so they need a Zoom account

 

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Telepractice

For online speech therapy or 1:1 sessions, please use the affiliate database and choose the “telepractice” option under the drop-down menu for “what are you looking for?” There are many clinics and speech pathologists listed in that resource.