Group treatment programs emphasize the facilitation of communication in natural situations, and provide social support for people with communication disorders and their friends and family. These groups are free of charge and welcome new members!

Modalities Aphasia Group – Improving Communication (MAGIC)

The MAGIC group meets Thursday evenings at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center. The goal of this group is to provide support and education to individuals with aphasia and their family members. Participants with aphasia gain valuable  opportunities to practice their communication skills through games, conversations and guided art-making, all while being supported by graduate student clinicians in their neurologic team rotation. Caretakers engage with one another and the grad student clinicians, who offer guidance for home management.

Aphasia Reading Club at the University of Iowa (ARC)

ARC is a weekly opportunity to practice and enjoy reading in a supportive environment.  This group is intended for people with mild to moderate aphasia who continue to experience difficulties with reading comprehension.  A variety of reading strategies and support are used to promote understanding of print at levels chosen according to individual ability. The group meets on Tuesday afternoons.

Annie Rohl and graduate students in the speech-language pathology program facilitate the MAGIC and ARC groups.

Helpful Resources

UIHC offers a Stroke Support Group at their Iowa River Landing site in Room 0301 each Wednesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. Stroke survivors and their caretakers are welcome.

Singing Friends meets on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. in the lowest level of the Mercy Plaza building. Contact Marcia before attending to get more information at marcia.akeson@gmail.com or 319-331-5260.

Internet Learning: Use the search box and type in "aphasia" to easily find information.

Links to Helpful Resources

  • www.strokeboard.net – Strokenet Message Board contains lots of information about aphasia. Great Caregiver resource.
  • www.stroke.org – National Stroke Association has many links to other aphasia sites are provided here.)
  • www.aphasia.org – National Aphasia Association provides good networking source, with information and links to other sites.
  • www.aphasiahope.org – Aphasia Hope Foundation has published nearly 50 essays from stroke survivors, caregivers, friends and speech-language professionals.