Cognitive Communication Impairments
Cognitive communication impairments may occur after a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor or with degenerative neurological disorders (brain diseases that get worse over time). These impairments may impact a person’s memory, attention and thinking skills. Cognitive communication therapy begins with an assessment of cognitive skills and collaboration with the client/family to set goals. The treatment sessions provide interactions, functional practice and appropriate strategy use to improve problem solving, memory and attention. Therapy is client centered working with clients/families to develop goal areas that improve quality of life.
Characteristics of cognitive communication impairments:
- Difficulty initiating, organizing and planning
- Impairment with orientation to person, place or time
- Memory problems
- Unable to problem solve everyday tasks (safety, bill paying, cooking etc.)
- Poor judgement or safety awareness
- Difficulty with attention or focusing on tasks
- Unable to multitask
- Word finding issues
- Difficulty with abstract language and reasoning skills
- Poor insight to deficits
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