Aphasia Group

The Aphasia Group of Middle Tennessee is a communication-based group that focuses on improving communication through supported conversation. Group members choose discussion topics which develop communication, cognition, humor, and leadership abilities. Master's Speech-Language Pathology students, under the supervision of licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, work closely with group members providing necessary resources and encouragement in the use of learned communication strategies and promoting conversation participation.


Programs and Activities

  • Individual sessions targeting one’s speech, language, listening, reading, and writing abilities during specific conversationally-based tasks. Sessions provide the opportunity to further develop resources to promote communication effectiveness and increase conversational participation.

  • Participants are provided with the necessary tools and strategies to make reading accessible and pleasurable. Weekly chapter discussions promote communication exchanges and expression of personal opinions.

  • Small group of individuals discussing today’s top news. Communication partners assist with article review and development of story presentation.

  • A large interactive group with a pre-planned discussion format. Weekly topics are pre-selected by the group. With the support of communication partners, group members participate in the discussion, sharing their thoughts and opinions.

  • Small groups working collaboratively on language-based activities. Additionally, members of this group participate in specific
    committee-based discussions and leadership. (Mondays and Thursdays)

  • Throughout the day, group members are introduced to and encouraged to use a variety of programs. Audiobooks, software
    programs, and communication apps for iPads, laptops, and phones are used.

  • Group members experience alternative means of self-expression and community bonding through choir rehearsals and performances, music appreciation, discussions, and accessible art projects. (Mondays)

  • Group excursions into the community to appreciate the culture
    of middle Tennessee, spread awareness about aphasia, and
    practice functional communication in the real world.

When do we meet?

This weekly program offers three meeting options.


  • half-day schedule of activities from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Group Day- a full-day schedule of activities from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Big Group Session- large, interactive group discussion from 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm