Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center at Marianjoy


About the Aphasia Center

The Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center at Marianjoy is designed for anyone who is experiencing aphasia and would like to improve his or her communication skills. Led by a speech-language pathologist with expertise in language disorders, small group sessions provide a comfortable and supportive environment for participants to practice their skills through real-life activities.

Aphasia Center club activities

Designed for improving language and communication skills, each 11-week session provides a variety of engaging, group activities through designated "clubs." These include:

Session schedules

Each 11-week enrollment period includes three hours of treatment time, once a week. Participants choose from four different scheduling options, and this schedule remains in effect throughout the duration of the enrollment period. Call 630.909.8562 for scheduling options.

Club offerings continue consecutively over several weeks and are scheduled in one-hour time slots. Below is an example of an 11-week session on Tuesdays from 10 am – 2 pm:

Individual treatment sessions available

One-on-one speech therapy sessions are available for an additional fee. Participants may also elect to be included in ongoing aphasia research studies coordinated by Marianjoy clinicians. More information is available by calling 630.909.8562.

Aphasia Center rates
For more information

If you would like to register for the Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center at Marianjoy, have questions regarding the program, individual treatment sessions or the aphasia research studies, please contact Michelle Armour, MS, CCC-SLP at 630.909.8562 or

Michelle Armour is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Master Clinician at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL and specializes in stroke rehabilitation with specific areas of research in aphasia and apraxia. She has presented her work at the national level and is currently serving as co-chair on the Aphasia Task Force through the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Stroke iSIG Committee. Michelle and her team were recently awarded the first Northwestern Medicine Innovation Grant made possible by Superior Ambulance Services to initiate the Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center at Marianjoy.