If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of aphasia, contact the Adler Aphasia Center to set up a tour. Call (201) 368-8585. View our criteria for membership

On the tour, you will meet with a speech pathologist to learn about the Adler Aphasia Center's programs. Background information about the person with aphasia will be gathered. You are encouraged to stay for the morning to observe or participate in our aphasia groups. The Aphasia Education Program is a four day program for people with aphasia and their spouses, family members, and/or caregivers. It is also a prerequisite for joining the center. Upon completion, you may join the Core Program (see below). This program may also be attended as a stand-alone program. During the program, you will:
  • Meet others with aphasia in a small group setting
  • Learn more about aphasia and its characteristics
  • Learn about community resources in the area
  • Learn and practice communication techniques
  • Receive support for families and caregivers
  • Trial aphasia computer software

AEP: Aphasia Education Program

The Aphasia Education Program is held 3 times a year. The cost is $150. This includes the person with Aphasia and any family, caregiver or friends who would like to attend. Financial assistance may be considered. Adler Aphasia Center members attend the Core Program two days per week on a semester basis. A wide variety of discussion and skill building groups, support groups, and computer activities are offered in addition to hands-on, interactive groups such as art, cooking and exercise. Groups are facilitated by licensed speech/language pathologists, trained staff and volunteers.
  • Individuals accepted into the Adler Aphasia Center's introductory program must meet the following criteria:
    • Must have completed a tour and evaluation at the center
    • Must have a documented diagnosis of aphasia (may be accomplished during the tour/evaluation)
    • Concomitant disorders (apraxia, dysarthria, cognitive-linguistic deficits) may exist but must not be more prominent than the aphasia or prohibit the individual from actively participating and benefiting from center activites (i.e., dementia)
    • Must be able to sustain adequate alertness/attention to group activities for an hour
    • Must not demonstrate behaviors that are disruptive or offensive to other members/staff (e.g., extreme emotional lability, wandering, violent outbursts)
    • Must be able to exchange information (even if it's very difficult or limited)
    • Must have access to transportation to/from the center during programming hours (10:00 am- 2:30 pm)
    • Must be independent in ADL's (toileting, ambulation, eating) or be accompanied by a caregiver. The caregiver must be available to the member at all times while attending the center.
  • Individuals who have completed the introductory program may then choose to join the center on a semester basis in compliance with the above criteria.
  • Speech pathology staff may deem a candidate unsuitable for membership based on the above criteria.