FAQ for Applicants

Have questions about our intensive aphasia therapy program?  Find your frequently asked questions here.

Who provides the treatment?

All treatment is provided by licensed Master’s degree or Ph.D.-level professionals. All therapists are trained by Dr. Bartels for a minimum of 60 days before working with our clients.

How much time each day is spent in individual 1:1 sessions with an aphasia therapist?

Approximately 4-4.5 hours of each 5-hour day is spent in 1:1 sessions.

How much of each day is spent in aphasia therapy versus other therapies (art, pet, music, etc)?

100% of the day is spent in aphasia therapy individual sessions with some group outings.

Does my spouse or caregiver participate in the sessions with me?

Caregivers do not participate in all of the sessions.  We  provide education and feedback daily during the last hour.  You will be invited into the sessions frequently to watch the treatment, receive education regarding the treatment, and conduct the treatment under the supervision of the therapist.

Are there payment options available?

Yes. The Center accepts credit cards, checks, wire transfers, and cash. We no longer pay the $3000 fee to sponsor a payment plan through a finance company. That money is better spent helping people with services once they are at the program.

Do you provide scholarships?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide full scholarships because we receive no outside funding. However, many clients receive compensated services, materials, or housing once they are at the program.

Will I be cured of aphasia?

Aphasia is a condition that can improve over time with the proper tools and motivation. Unfortunately, there is no complete cure for aphasia. The best and most supported method of treatment is intensive therapy. Just as each individual with aphasia is unique in his/her strengths and areas of concern, each individual with aphasia will experience different outcomes (See our case studies ).

Will my insurance pay for this?

To provide the type and amount of benefit needed for aphasia, we cannot directly accept insurance.  Each insurance plan has different benefits and coverage policies for therapy and out-of-network treatment.  We can also help you try to get reimbursement from your non-Medicare/Medicaid insurers. Results will vary based on the details of your plan. Some plans have reimbursed 60%, some $0. Our payments are split into an initial deposit, then the remaining balance is split into two payments.

What's included in your program fees?

In order to make this as easy as possible for the family, we include daily lunch, homework, home program materials, community outings, your Aphasia Action Plan, counseling, and a bayside furnished apartment.

Do you accept clients from out of the United States?

Yes, we do accept foreign clients. A consultation is required. Clients who do not use English as a first language may also benefit from intensive treatment, but each client is accepted on an individual basis after consultation.

I had a stroke several years/months ago, can I still benefit from therapy?

Absolutely! There is the potential to continue to make gains throughout your life. While you will make the most gains in the first two years following your stroke, you may still continue to make gains at a slower rate throughout your life.  As with any treatment, motivation, follow-through, and practice are essential. There really is no such thing as a plateau!

How are your intensive aphasia treatment programs a better value than others?

A typical 4-week program is going to cost you around 30% less at The Aphasia Center and we include a lot of extras you won’t find anywhere else.  As a small, private facility, our goal is to make intensive aphasia treatment accessible for more families. We know that you have a lot to do, so we make your recovery as easy as possible.

Is there an extra charge for the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)? Would I qualify to receive it?

There is no extra charge to receive the tDCS treatment. While there is research to support it’s use in aphasia, there is still much to learn about it as a treatment technique. It has been very helpful for some clients, less so for others. Dr. Bartels will determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment based upon several factors. Active seizures, ferrous metal in the skull/head, or pacemakers are all automatic disqualifiers.

Are pets allowed in the housing?

Yes. Just let us know what type of animal when you’re accepted into the program. A small deposit may be required.

Can someone with Primary Progressive Aphasia benefit from intensive aphasia therapy?

Yes, we have treated persons with Primary Progressive Aphasia. This diagnosis requires a consultation to develop a specialized program (program length and daily hours may vary depending upon type and duration of PPA).

Can we receive treatment in Spanish?

Yes, we have a bilingual assistant. Depending upon the client’s pre-aphasia level of English proficiency, we may recommend treatment in both languages. Research (and our own experience) shows that treatment in English can transfer to Spanish in clients with moderate English proficiency because we are stimulating the same language areas of the brain.

What type of therapy activities do you do during the day?

We work on whatever the client tells us is important to him. Our focus is on communication success for real-life activities, not just treating the aphasia. We work on texting, emailing, ordering coffee or at a restaurant, navigating an smartphone or Ipad, writing names, multimodal forms of communication, giving a speech, reading Bible verses, reading the newspaper, etc.

What length of program do you typically recommend?

The recommended program length depends upon the client’s status and what they wish to accomplish. Six weeks is the standard recommendation for new clients. In our experience, a cumulative effect produces the best results. Moderate to severe clients who stay for only 4 weeks are typically just beginning to use strategies and reach more independence in communication. We also see that their awareness of

How do you set client goals?

Client goals are based upon testing, observation, and wishes of the client and family. We set goals that can be met based upon the session length. For example, a 4-week program would have time to work on one major skill area.

Do most people attend more than one session?

Many people attend for 6-8 weeks for their first session, then 2-6 weeks for their next sessions. Each client makes gains during each session. We recommend shorter sessions every few months to continue improvement in all language areas.

Why did you change the program from 6 hours a day to 5 hours a day?

We found that clients were very tired after 6 hours a day. Adding more hours to the day did not result in significant improvements. It may actually hurt performance when the client is too tired Clients also have 30 minutes of homework each night.