Anita S. Halper, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, is currently Senior Education Program Manager in the RIC Academy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). She is also Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.. Prior to her current position at RIC, she was Director of Communicative Disorders for 36 years and in this role developed a program of national renown that has served as a model for other rehabilitation facilities.

Ms. Halper has clinical expertise in the area of aphasia and cognitive-communication disorders resulting from right hemisphere damage and traumatic brain injury. She has served as author, co-author, editor and co-editor of numerous books, journal articles and book chapters in these areas including two manuals of treatment materials for the aphasias (Treatment Materials for Oral Expression and Written Expression and Treatment materials for Auditory Comprehension and Reading Comprehension). She has also conducted research in the areas of functional communication in adults with aphasia, right hemisphere lesions and dysphagia management.

Ms. Halper has trained more than 500 physicians and Medical Residents about communication and swallowing disorders and the role of the speech-language
pathologist in the care of persons with these disorders. In her current position, she continues to educate individuals from all rehabilitation disciplines.

Ms. Halper received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association, the Associations highest award, in November 2002.

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