Welcome to the official website of the
Aphasia Treatment Program (ATP)

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ATP celebrates 20 years!  More information at www.csueastbay.edu/atp20years


The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic offers an innovative and cutting-edge group treatment program for persons with aphasia. The Aphasia Treatment Progam (ATP) was established by CSD Professor Emerita, Dr. Jan Avent in 1996. The program is proudly founded on the principles of the Life Participation Approach for Aphasia, championed worldwide by leading aphasiologists (see http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/LPAA/). This approach places the life concerns of persons with aphasia at the heart of clinical decision-making. Further, this approach prioritizes the meaningful participation of persons with aphasia in society. ATP provides a rich social environment for persons with aphasia to interact with peers who have aphasia, graduate student clinicians, trained volunteers, and program faculty who are all nationally certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologists.


ATP is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in nine week sessions during each of our Fall, Winter, and Spring academic quarters. ATP is broadly divided into two groups. There are eight spots available for PwA who participate in Cooperative Therapy (go here for more information on Cooperative Therapy) in one-hour sessions staggered between 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm to learn self-cueing strategies and to work on specific language skills.

All other clients participate in Transitional-ATP in which the focus is on developing self-practice skills from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Both groups work together the remainder of the day. For a schedule of daily activities, go here.

Each participant receives 9 hours of treatment per week in a quarter. ATP participants routinely spend over 5 hours daily on campus. Therefore participants must be ambulatory or be able to move independently using a wheelchair, scooter, or cane, and be independent in self-care skills like toileting and eating a packed lunch.

The Aphasia Group, meeting on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, is open to clients participating in individual therapy and community members with aphasia. A choice of two activities is offered during this time and a client may select to participate in our aphasia choir - The Aphasia Tones, or in a current events discussion - The News Group. Enrollment in these activities is approved by the ATP Director. The structured, aphasia-friendly book reading and discussion group Book Club meets on Mondays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

New clients are eligible for individual treatment for 1-hour sessions twice weekly and also have the option to apply for individual treatment through our outpatient clinic.

Interested participants must first complete a diagnostic evaluation through the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. A decision about entry into ATP is made collaboratively with the participant, family, and clinical staff, and is also dependent on available space. For participation in ATP, the primary communication disorder must be aphasia.

ATP typically runs from the first week in October to the last week in May.

  • The 2017-2018 schedule is posted here.


The cost associated with various program components per quarter is:

ATP/Transitional ATP: $40 materials fee

Book Club Group: $15 materials fee

Therapy services are supported by donations from the community. We welcome and are grateful for your support.  Donations can be submitted online at our Clinic Donations webpage. Please select "Rees Clinic-Aphasia Treatment Program" in the drop-down Designation menu.

About Aphasia

Aphasia is a communication impairment that occurs most commonly after a stroke, but may also occur after a traumatic brain injury or brain tumor. It is estimated that approximately 2 million Americans and 400,000 United States troops returning from combat have aphasia. Individuals with aphasia typically have trouble with talking, understanding, reading and writing. However, aphasia does not affect a persons intelligence.

The ATP program is currently directed by Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, licensed speech-language pathologist and expert in group treatment for aphasia. Dr. Pradeep Ramanathan, instructional faculty, provides additional direct support to the program.

Interested in being a part of ATP?

Please call the Cal State East Bay Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at (510) 885-3241, or email Ellen Bernstein-Ellis directly at ellen.bernstein-ellis@csueastbay.edu.

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