Rita L. Bailey, Ed. D., CCC-SLP

Rita Bailey

Dr. Rita Bailey has served as speech-language pathologist in school and medical settings, Professor of Speech Pathology and Inclusive Education, Dean of KSU Journey Honors College, and Assistant Provost at Illinois State University. She has practiced, researched, and published in multiple areas, including pre-literacy, literacy, social language, pediatric and adult dysphagia, and augmentative/alternative communication.

Personal Bio:

I’m a mom of two grown children, and grandma to three grandchildren. My husband and I have been married for 37 years this year. I enjoy reading, sewing, baking, and some woodworking, and am currently learning the art of reupholstery. I love students of all ages!!!


Receptive Language Disorder

Swallowing disorders

Expressive Language Disorders

Executive Functioning


Elementary School

Middle School






What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?

We all have challenges of one kind or another. Very few people are good at something the first time they try it. We all need practice and assistance along the way.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I want all children to feel confident and excited about learning. It drives me to do my very best to help.

What gets you excited about Parallel?

The perspective of the founder was exciting to learn about, as she’s experienced learning challenges and understands what that means.

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