Cognitive Communication Disorders

Cognitive-communication disorders are problems with communication that are caused by a disruption to cognitive processes, rather than an underlying speech or language deficit. A cognitive-communication disorder can lead to difficulty in a variety of domains, which our therapists can provide therapy and support for. These domains include:

  • Attention (Concentrating on a task, shifting between tasks)

  • Memory (Recall of events, facts, and conversations)

  • Organization (Arranging thoughts or ideas in a useful way)

  • Self-Awareness and Insight (Monitoring one’s own performance, recognizing strengths and challenges)

  • Problem Solving (Considering options and selecting the best solution to a problem)

  • Processing Speed (Quick thinking and understanding)

  • Executive Function (Planning, prioritizing, time management, self-control)

  • Pragmatic Communication (Social interaction, understanding jokes and metaphors)

Cognitive-communication disorders can occur for a number of reasons, including stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumors, dementia, or neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s Disease.