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Make a Referral – Aphasia Institute

A referral to Aphasia Institute’s programs and services should ideally be made by a Speech-Language Pathologist, who has recently seen the person being referred If this is not possible, please contact the Aphasia Institute and speak with one of our Social Workers at 416-226-3636 for more information on how to be referred.  

Attention Referral Agents – Alert re: Faxing Referrals

We have been installing a new data management system over the past several weeks.  During this process, our fax service has been interrupted. Consequently, there have been several days when we were not receiving your referrals sent by fax. 
If you sent your referrals to us by fax between June 19 – present, we may not have received them. 
Please resend your referrals to us by email or mail.

If you can resend your referrals by email, please send them to
As well, please ensure that any separate password emails have some identifying client information so that we can match the referral document to the password.

You may also send the referrals by mail:
Aphasia Institute
73 Scarsdale Road
Toronto, Ontario M3B 2R2
We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know as soon as our fax service is available again.

How to Initiate a Referral

A referral may be initiated by:

  • Individuals with aphasia
  • Family members
  • Physicians
  • Social workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Other health care professionals
  1. Call the Aphasia Institute at 416-226-3636 and ask to speak with an intake worker. 
  2. Download the Referral Form.
  3. There is a separate process for people living with Primary Progressive Aphasia. Click here for the PPA Referral Form. For further information on this program, go to Primary Progressive Aphasia Programs.
  4. Referral form should be completed by a Speech-Language Pathologist, as mentioned above.  If this is not possible, please contact the Aphasia Institute, or follow the instructions below on how to obtain an SLP assessment and referral.

SLP Assessments

IMPORTANT:  A Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) assessment and progress report must accompany the referral form. The report will help our staff to determine if our programs and services will be appropriate for the applicant.  In addition, staff members at the Aphasia Institute rely on these reports as a baseline measure when a client begins the program.

If you have not been seen by a Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP assessments may be arranged through the speech pathology department of the hospital where you were treated, following your stroke or brain injury.  Alternatively, the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) may provide an SLP assessment for the purpose of making a referral to the Aphasia Institute. A SLP assessment through the LHIN is typically arranged with the help of the client’s family physician or neurologist. Clients wishing to be assessed by a private therapist may contact the Ontario Speech Language Association at (416) 920-0361 for a list of practitioners. The Aphasia Institute can also provide a list of speech pathologists that provide private services. Please contact us at (416) 226-3636 for more information.

In the event that it is not possible to arrange a SLP assessment, please contact our Manager of Client Service at (416) 226-3636 ext. 126.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate any client who is unable to obtain an assessment.

After Referral is Made: What to Expect

  1. After the referral has been received, the applicant will be contacted by an intake worker within two months. Please Note: During the pandemic of 2020, wait times may be longer.
  2. The applicant may be invited to take part in an orientation session to learn about the Institute’s programs and services.
  3. If the applicant is interested in signing up for a program, then a meeting with a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Social Worker will be scheduled to determine if the New Beginnings program and/or the Community Aphasia Program suits the applicant’s needs.

Contact us at 416-226-3636 for more referral information.


Normally, we offer 3 New Beginnings programs onsite each year.  During the 2020 pandemic, we have adapted this program to be offered online and more frequently throughout the year.  

 We have a rolling intake and assessment process for entry into our New Beginnings program with the goal of ensuring a continuous intake process. Referral agents, please continue to support us by sending in your fully completed referrals along with an SLP report at the earliest to enable us to ensure a smooth and quick intake process for our mutual clients.

"My experience with the SCATM training has been an amazing experience in both skill building and knowledge and understanding of persons who are affected by Aphasia – The teaching team at AI are excellent examples of professionals and compassionate teachers. Highly recommend this training."
- Lorraine Pyle, CCSH Belleville, ON
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