Aphasia House

UCF Communication Disorders Clinic

Being diagnosed with aphasia is a life-changing event.

The loss of your ability to communicate can affect every aspect of your life. Speech therapy can help improve your ability to share your needs and connect with loved ones. 

At UCF’s Aphasia House, we offer an intensive, comprehensive therapy program that helps those with aphasia make progress on their long-held goals, like talking with their grandchildren or ordering their favorite restaurant meal, no matter if they have had aphasia for years, or have been newly diagnosed. Each session is provided by a team of graduate student clinicians who are directly supervised by licensed UCF clinical aphasia educators, and the therapy is tailored to help you achieve your personal goals and reach your rehabilitation potential.   

We utilize the latest clinical research to create a personalized course of therapy for everyone we serve. And, because research has shown us that people with aphasia have higher rates of recovery when they receive therapy in a homelike setting, we have special therapy rooms designed to remind them of their favorite things: we have a garden room, a music room, a working kitchen, and a garage, just to name a few.   

 We invite you to join our UCF family. We are here to help. Please reach out so we can discuss your specific needs and goals.  


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Program Features

  • Individual therapy Monday through Thursday mornings for six weeks
  • Optional extension of therapy on Fridays, as well as art, music and horticulture therapy
  • Observation room for family and friends
  • Access to state-of-the-art augmentative and alternative communication devices
  • Affiliation with local extended-stay rental accommodations
  • Five six-week sessions offered annually

Upcoming Sessions in 2021:
In person at the UCF Aphasia House

Summer Session: June 1st- July 8th (telepractice intensive aphasia services are available to Florida residents)

Program Eligibility

Aphasia House is open to individuals with aphasia who meet the following criteria:

  • medically stable
  • able to endure the intensive nature of the program
  • independent in mobility and self-care or accompanied by a caregiver at all times

Aphasia House has a long-standing relationship with the Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation (SCSAF). The foundation recently awarded funding for two young stroke survivors who needed intensive services but were financially unable to participate in our program without external support. ― Amy Englehoven, Ph.D., Aphasia House Director

SCSAF is incredibly thankful for our partnership with the UCF Aphasia House and values the work that both students and faculty and staff do for stroke survivors. It is our mission to provide support for local survivors, and we [were] happy to approve the grant requests for these two applicants! ― Deanna Coopersmith-Marquez, SCSAF President

The Scott Coopersmith Stroke Awareness Foundation has graciously partnered with Aphasia House to help stroke survivors with aphasia and their families.

Aphasia Family

Aphasia Family is a free community group for people with aphasia. We typically meet from 12:30-3:30 each Friday at Aphasia House, but we are currently meeting by Zoom. Each week we engage in activities such as reading, word games, brain teasers, and crafts. We also try to go on an outing at least once per semester. If you are interested, email Amy Engelhoven at amy.engelhoven@ucf.edu for the Zoom link.

Our mission is to restore learning, increase socialization, and enhance awareness through service.


Janet Whiteside, Ph.D., is the founding director of Aphasia House. Amy Engelhoven, Ph.D., is the new director of Aphasia House.

To help fund the UCF Aphasia House and its intensive outpatient therapy programs for individuals with aphasia.


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Project BRIDGE:

Building Research Initiatives by Developing Group Effort

BRIDGE brings together people living with aphasia and researchers. Trainings help those living with aphasia understand research and how to talk with researchers. Researchers take the information shared with them and apply it to developing programs and services that best assist those with aphasia and their caregivers.

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