What is a Cognitive-Communication Disorder?
A cognitive-communication disorder can involve a number of different communication problems, including memory, attention, organization, reasoning, problem solving, safety awareness, decision making, social judgment, planning, and prioritizing. Problems can range from mild to severe. These difficulties can make it hard for a person to independently pay bills, remember appointments, stay on task at home or work, use a calendar or clock, take medications appropriately, maintain personal hygiene, read and follow instructions, complete two tasks at the same time or in succession, etc.
What can cause a Cognitive-Communication Disorder?
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Progressive Neurological Disorders
- Brain tumors or brain infections
How can Speech Therapy help?
A certified speech-language pathologist will perform a thorough evaluation of your cognitive-communication skills. Based on the results of the evaluation (and the input of you and your family), the SLP will identify goals and develop a plan of care for treatment. Treatment may be designed to restore function (i.e., improve memory, attention, or other cognitive skill) and/or help you compensate for such difficulties. For example, an SLP can train you to use specific memory strategies and tools to aid your memory, even if you continue to have memory problems.