Speech Language Pathology
What is a cognitive communication disorder?
Cognitive communication disorders are described as any aspect of communication that is affected by the disruption of cognition (ability to think). Symptoms of cognitive communication disorders vary depending on the cause and type of disorder. They can range from occasional difficulty finding words to complete inability to use speech and language for communication. Cognitive processes such as memory, attention, and executive function (problem solving, planning, organization) are commonly affected. A cognitive communication disorder can have a significant impact on an individual’s ability to perform effectively in activities of daily living (school, work, and social interaction).
What can cause a cognitive communication disorder?
- Traumatic brain injury
- Anoxic brain injury
- Degenerative diseases
- Neurological disorders
How can speech therapy help?
A speech language pathologist will complete a detailed assessment and an individualized treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs to improve communication and function in activities of daily living. Therapy will be based on severity and type of disorder and may range in level of intensity deemed appropriate by your therapist. In addition to one-on-one sessions, your therapist will provide activities for you to complete at home. Completion of home activities and attendance are vital to your success in speech therapy.