Resources for People with Aphasia

MnCAN strives to support people with aphasia to reach their communicative potential and engage in their communities. One MnCAN goal is to connect people with aphasia to each other and to other resources where they live.

Aphasia Recovery Connection  (ARC)

A great way for people with aphasia to connect through social media. Check out this site!

A short talk from the two young creators of ARC who are recovering from aphasia.

Aphasia Software Finder

An aphasia friendly resource for locating apps and software.  It is developed and maintained in Great Britain so there are slight language differences.

Mayo Clinic Health Systems Aphasia Camp

Experience this three day camp in Northern Wisconsin for people with aphasia and their care partners.  Many past participants have called it “life changing.”  Very affordable.

Call 715-838-1725; or

Stroke Smart

A great newsletter for stroke survivors.

Minnesota Aphasia Programs List

Taken from information compiled February 2013;  Providers: if you have updates for this list, please contact or 612-524-8802. (last update: 9/20/17)


Coffee and Conversation
The Stroke Center@North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale
Mondays 10:00-11:30; Drop-in/No fee
Contact Gail Lommen 763-581-3536 or email:

Community Reintegration Program (CRP)
More info at:
Meets at: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Golden Valley
3915 Golden Valley Rd
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Contact: Nicole Lainhart, CCC-SLP, CBIS at 612-775-2826

Participants meet each day for at least four hours, and will work toward their unique goals in one-on-one and small group settings, feeling supported every step of the journey. Each activity is created to improve independence, strengthen day-to-day tasks and ease and increase social interactions with peers. Care doesn’t stop when the program ends. Family and friends are involved, and extend the learning beyond the program. After the formal program ends, individuals participate in a weekly group to help transition skills and strategies into the community and daily living.

The program requires a doctor’s order and can be paid by MA/Insurance.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Aphasia Communication Group
Golden Valley
Contact Elise Ericksen 612-775-2676 or email:

INSPIRE Program through Park Nicollet
St Louis Park
A variety of programs for stroke survivors from conversation groups, caregiver support groups and more.  Call 952-93-6789 or email

Intensive Aphasia Program at North Memorial
Maple Grove
This four week program offers 18.5 hours of intense, comprehensive aphasia therapy each week.  Application is required since the program is offered only four times per year. Contact Gail Lommen 763-581-3536; online application available at: North Memorial intensive aphasia program

Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now   (MnCAN)
Burnsville, St Paul, Roseville, Wayzata, Waconia, Lester Prairie, Rochester
Nine weekly aphasia conversation groups in the metro area and beyond.  See for more information
or call 612-525-8802

Private practices specializing in adult neurogenic disorders
*Beyond Speech LLC
Owner, Lynne Conley MA,CCC/SLP

*Robin Hintz MA/CCC-SLP, LLC

In-home private pay speech therapy, consultation and advocacy services provided.  All services are provided by licensed speech language pathologists who have extensive experience working with people with aphasia. An initial phone consultation is provided to discuss your needs, wants and health care goals at no cost.

Regions Hospital Communication Practice Group
St Paul
Contact Evan Page 651-254-2066 or

Robbinsdale Adult Academic Disability Program
Offices in Golden Valley and New Hope
Free classes in reading, speaking, writing and math for adults who have had a brain injury or stroke.   Call  763-504-8300 or  see website – Adult Academic Disability Program

SHARE: Sports-Health-Activity-Recreation and Exercise
Courage Center Rehab Institute
This program helps navigate opportunities for community resources for sports, health, activity, recreation and education for all of Minnesota.
Contact: or 612-654-5748 (pager)
More info at


Aphasia  Literacy Group

RiverView Healthcare Rehab; Focuses on reading and writing skills
Contact:  Marie Johnstad 218-281-9438 or email:

“Let’s Talk Again” Group Communication Program
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud
Contact Jodel L. Page at 320-308-2200 or email: and/or
Dr. Rangamani at 320-308-5769 or email:

Minnesota State University Mankato (MNSU) Aphasia Group
Contact Sheen Chiou at 507-389-5840 or email

“Socialize!” Aphasia Group
University of Minnesota Duluth
Group meets at: Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language Hearing Clinic
156 Chester Park
31 West College Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Contact:  218-726-8199 for more info

Group meets weekly for 90 minutes based on the semester calendar