The term “cognitive communication disorder” may sound intimidating, but it denotes a broad range of problems resulting from an acquired brain injury, which may impact the ability to recall, develop and organize thoughts to be an effective communicator.
While cognitive communication disorders are frequently seen in adults as the result of stroke or accident, for example, they also exist in children. Even very young children can experience an impairment as the result of an accident or injury to their brain, although the difficulties in communication may not be recognized until the child is school age or older.
Problems in listening, speaking, reading, writing and social interaction can result from a reduced ability to pay attention, memory loss, and/or limited problem solving, planning or information processing capabilities.
The impact can be far-reaching. Children who react impulsively often find themselves in unsafe situations without necessarily realizing it. . Those who struggle to manage their emotions may experience frequent emotional outbursts and suffer socially. Academic learning can be affected when the ability to plan and organize information or carry out tasks suffers.
If you suspect a cognitive communication disorder in your child, a Speech-Language Pathologist can assess your child’s challenges and work with them – and with you – to develop and implement strategies for overcoming the problems.
S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks provides a complete range of assessment and treatment services for children in their development of speech, language and communication. Any parent that has concerns in these areas is welcome to contact the clinic to set up an appointment.