How to Use Zoom - A Guide for People with Aphasia

Updated: Mar 30


Zoom is a popular video-teleconferencing platform. It is a wonderful way to connect people with aphasia who live in different geographical locations.


It is especially helpful during the current COVID19 crisis as it enables people to keep in touch without leaving the safety of their own homes.


Below you will find some guidelines for people with aphasia and their family members that explain how to set up a Zoom account.



Step 1 : Find the Zoom website


Go to Google. Click inside the search bar at the top. Type zoom.us


The Zoom website should then load.





Step 2 : Sign Up for Zoom



Click Sign Up, It's Free.


Next, you will need to type your email address in the box.


Then click Sign Up.





Step 3: Enter your details

Type your First Name, Last Name and Password


Click inside each box before typing.


Re-type your password in the Confirm Password Box.


Then, click Continue.



Step 4: Skip Inviting Others (for now)


You will then be asked if you would like to invite others.

Click Skip this Step. You will then be asked to confirm your subscription to Zoom.


Click Confirm.


A message confirming that an email was sent to you will appear.



Step 5: Look for Email from Zoom


There should also be an email from Zoom.


Inside the email from Zoom, you will find the Activate Account button. Press/Click the button.



You should then see a launch screen. Click open zoom.us


Step 6: Start a Test Meeting


Now, you can start a test meeting. Click Start Meeting Now


Next you should see this window. Click Test Speaker and Microphone



You will then see a window that asks if you hear a ringtone. Click Yes if you hear a ringtone


Next, you will see a new window. It will ask you to speak. Say something. Pause. Do you hear a replay? Click Yes if you do.

If everything is working well, you will see this window.


Click Join with Computer Audio.


Now your Zoom account is set up & working.


Click the Start Video button at the bottom to start your video.


If your video is working you will see yourself.



Step 7: Join a Meeting


You may be invited to a meeting. You will receive an invitation to join a Zoom meeting in your email. Check your email. Look for an email from Zoom with this subject title:




Click on the email subject title to open the email. The email invite will look like the example below.

Click the link to join. See you soon on Zoom!


Did you know that Aptus Speech Therapy runs support groups and therapy online via Zoom for people with aphasia? If you'd like to join, please email lorraine@aptus-slt.com.

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