Cognitive-Communication Disorders


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Cognitive-Communication Disorder: Difficulty with any part of communication that is affected by a disruption of the cognitive processes (memory, attention, organization, planning, and problem solving).

Causes of Cognitive Communication Include: stroke, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

People with Cognitive-Communication Disorder may exhibit:

  • Dysarthria (slurred speech)
  • Apraxia (inability to coordinate facial and oral muscles)
  • Aphasia (difficulty with speaking and understanding language)
  • Trouble participating in conversations
  • Trouble responding appropriately or socially acceptable manner
  • Trouble reading and/or writing
  • Trouble reasoning, making decisions, and problem solving while communicating.
  • Difficulty remembering their conversations and experiences.