Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the nationally recognized leader in rehabilitation care, and offers individuals the opportunity to work with the foremost experts in aphasia research and treatment. We provide an intensive, month-long therapy led by Leora Cherney, PhD, CCC-SLP. Here are questions you should consider when choosing an aphasia treatment program.


Why an intensive program?


Recent studies have shown that individuals with aphasia benefit from intense treatment provided over a short period of time. This therapy regimen increases the possibility of improved communication.

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Why choose Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's program?


  • All therapy is provided by licensed, certified speech-language pathologists who are among the most experienced in the field of aphasia treatment. Although Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a teaching hospital, this specialized clinical program does not utilize students to provide clinical care.
  • Therapy is based on the latest, evidence-based information including cutting-edge research from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment.
  • This program is offered full day, five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participants will receive 30 hours of speech and language therapy each week.  
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) is the recognized leader in rehabilitation care, having been ranked the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News and World Report every year since 1991. 
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2024 Sessions


Note: These dates are offered for a 4-week, in-person program.

  • Winter: February 5 - March 6
  • Spring: April 22 - May 22
  • Summer: August 5 - September 5 (no treatment on Labor Day)
  • Fall (anticipated): October 7 - November 6
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Program Costs


The cost of the Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program is $22,850. This covers all individual, group, and computer-based therapies for the month-long program and includes daily lunches.

Payments are required directly from the participant to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. At the end of the program, we will provide you with documentation including a patient statement indicating the daily charge, your payments, and a report of your weekly and overall communication progress.

Below is a payment schedule for the Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program.

2024 Program Payment Schedule

  • $5,000 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of acceptance into the program
  • $6,500 is required two weeks prior to the start of the program
  • Two payments of $5675 are required in installments during the first two weeks of the program
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Program Eligibility


This program is open to all individuals with aphasia, but must be at least 18 years old. Participants should also:

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

Applications will be reviewed to determine appropriateness of each individual for the program. Invitations will be on a first-come, first-served basis in response to the invitation. 

Interested participants must complete the three-part application package:

  1. Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program Application 
  2. Physician Medical Information Form 
  3. Communication Report (From your current or most recent speech-language pathologist)

NOTE: Including copies of records of other hospital and rehabilitation services will also speed the application process.

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How do I apply for the program?


For more information or to ask questions, please call 312-238-1273 or 312-238-6163. Read more about the application process and apply.

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