What are Cognitive Communication Disorders?

Cognitive communication disorders are communication problems that are an underlying result of a cognitive deficiency. This is opposed to an underlying speech or language deficiency. Cognitive communication disorders can be a result of any of the following cognitive processes being functionally impaired:

  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Insight and judgment
  • Organization
  • Orientation
  • Language
  • Processing speed
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning
  • Executive functioning
  • Metacognition

Trauma to the brain can cause any one of these processes to become impaired and or damaged. Depending on the severity of the trauma, brain disease or tumor, a person can be greatly affected by one or more of these cognitive processes.

Unlike speech and language deficiencies, a cognitive deficiency can impair a person’s intellect and/or functionality. Delayed functionality and intellect in a person can cause difficulty communicating, understanding, processing the world around them, movement and more. People with cognitive communication disorders could have trouble processing information, concentrating, interpreting, remembering, responding and following directions. This, of course, is involuntary.

Commonly, IQ tests are given to patients with suspected cognitive communication disorders. Depending on the test result, the patient is then diagnosed with a mild to profound disorder. You may notice a person has a cognitive communication disorder by the way they converse and display a lack of understanding of conversation. They also have trouble reading/writing and have a tough time completing tasks. While it is strenuous work to understand conversation, a person with cognitive communication disorders also find themselves struggling to understand movies, presentation and other visual media.

How I Treat Cognitive Communication Disorders

Cognitive speech therapy in Denver retrains your brain to use new pathways and teaches you to use strategies in order to solve problems and recall information.  Therapy uses practical, everyday life scenarios such as recalling names, managing medications, and retrieving words in conversation. In-home cognitive therapy establishes routines and sets up your environment to maximize your independence and safety.