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Cognitive communication disorders

Cognitive communication disorders are a type of communication disorder that affects an individual's ability to process and use information, think logically, and make decisions. These disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, including brain injury, neurological disorders, and other medical conditions.

Cognitive communication disorders can affect an individual's ability to understand and use language, as well as their ability to communicate effectively. Symptoms may include difficulty understanding and using words and sentences, difficulty remembering information, and difficulty organizing thoughts and ideas.

For more information on what a Speech Pathologist can do to assist with cognitive communication disorders scroll down, for further questions contact me. Or book in directly here.

Treatment for cognitive communication disorders may include a combination of speech-language therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and other interventions, depending on the individual's specific needs and goals.


Speech pathologists can use a variety of techniques and strategies to help individuals with cognitive communication disorders improve their communication abilities. This may include:

  • Language therapy: Speech pathologists can provide language therapy to individuals with cognitive communication disorders to help them improve their ability to understand and use words and sentences. This may include activities and exercises to improve vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, as well as strategies for using language in social situations (Wambaugh et al., 2019).

  • Memory training: For individuals with cognitive communication disorders who have difficulty remembering information, speech pathologists can provide memory training to help improve their ability to retain and recall information (Van der Linden et al., 2004).

  • Problem-solving and decision-making: Speech pathologists can also provide guidance on problem-solving and decision-making strategies that can help individuals with cognitive communication disorders think logically and make informed decisions (Baddeley, 1996).

Overall, the goal of treatment for cognitive communication disorders is to improve an individual's communication abilities and help them participate in everyday activities more effectively. By working with a speech pathologist, individuals with cognitive communication disorders can improve their quality of life and better manage their condition.


  • Baddeley, A. (1996). The concept of working memory and its role in cognitive neuropsychology. In M. Gazzaniga (Ed.), The cognitive neurosciences (pp. 825-837). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Van der Linden, M., Pachoud, B., & Jeannerod, M. (2004). Cognitive rehabilitation of memory. In G. P. Prigatano & D. Schacter (Eds.), Awareness of deficit after brain injury: Clinical and theoretical issues (pp. 213-238). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • Wambaugh JL, Wright S, Boss E, Mauszycki SC, DeLong C, Hula W & Doyle PJ (2019). Effects of Treatment Intensity on Outcomes in Acquired Apraxia of Speech. American journal of speech-language pathology. Vol. 27, 306-322. Published, 10/01/2019.

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