Anita S Halper

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate relationships between unilateral spatial neglect and both overall and cognitive-communicative functional outcomes in patients with right hemisphere stroke. DESIGN Assessment of overall and cognitive-communicative function was conducted on admission to acute rehabilitation, at discharge, and at 3-month follow-up. SETTING Urban,(More)
PURPOSE This article describes computer software that was developed specifically for training conversational scripts and illustrates its use with 3 individuals with aphasia. METHOD Three participants with chronic aphasia (Broca's, Wernicke's, and anomic) were assessed before and after 9 weeks of a computer script training program. For each participant, 3(More)
Unilateral visual neglect occurs frequently after right-hemisphere stroke. This longitudinal study assessed the performance pattern of 54 individuals with unilateral right-hemisphere stroke on the Behavioural Inattention Test (BIT), a measure of unilateral neglect. Eighteen subjects returned for retesting between 6-26 months post-onset. Results confirmed(More)
PURPOSE This preliminary study assessed the efficacy of two treatment methods for persistent unilateral or hemispatial neglect following right hemisphere stroke. METHOD Two patients received an intervention focusing on the underlying impairment of attention during visual scanning. Two other participants received an intervention that provided repetitive(More)
PURPOSE This study examined the content of 100 short scripts, co-constructed by persons with aphasia (PWA) and a clinician. The PWA subsequently learned the scripts by interacting with a computerized virtual therapist. The goal was to provide clinicians with ideas regarding content for treatment that is meaningful to PWAs. METHOD Thirty-three PWAs(More)
This study presents results of post-treatment interviews following computer-based script training for persons with chronic aphasia. Each of the 23 participants received 9 weeks of AphasiaScripts training. Post-treatment interviews were conducted with the person with aphasia and/or a significant other person. The 23 interviews yielded 584 coded comments that(More)
PURPOSE This article describes three individuals with aphasia and concomitant cognitive deficits who used state-of-theart computer software for training conversational scripts. METHOD Participants were assessed before and after 9 weeks of a computer script training program. For each participant, three individualized scripts were developed, recorded on the(More)
In patients with traumatic brain injury, the anatomic and physiologic status of the swallowing mechanism may be impaired. Patients typically compensate for these impairments by learning and using compensatory strategies to ensure safe and efficient food intake. However, when cognitive-communicative and behavioral impairments are also present, the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate changes in patient-reported communication difficulty after a home-based, computer-delivered intervention designed to improve conversational skills in adults with aphasia. DESIGN Delayed treatment design with baseline, preintervention, postintervention, and follow-up observations. SETTING Outpatient rehabilitation. PARTICIPANTS(More)
This article discusses the impact of cognitive-communicative and behavior problems on oral intake. Data on the swallowing outcomes of a group of patients in an acute rehabilitation facility are presented. These data illustrate the relationships among severity of dysphagia, admission and discharge Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores, admission and(More)