What Are Cognitive-Communication Disorders?

From time to time we have all suffered those embarrassing moments where you know what you want to say but you just can’t get it out. For those suffering with a cognitive communication disorder this may be just one of the many symptoms faced on a daily basis.

Cognitive communication disorders are an indication that there has been damage to the area of the brain that is responsible for thought processing. It can affect the individual’s ability to put their thoughts into written and spoken words– it can even affect their gestures.

The types of symptoms that occur with cognitive communication disorders vary in the way they present themselves and in their intensity. Our cognitive skills affect the way we progress in life. For children it can drastically affect their progress and learning abilities in school. For adults, cognitive function affects the way they perform in the work place, and in both cases it has a direct impact on social skills and everyday living.

Persons with fluency disorders may repeat words or forget what they are about to say. Those with articulation disorders are not able to pronounce their words correctly. Some individuals suffer with voice disorders, and included in these communication disorders are a variety of language disorders.

There are many causes of communication disorders that can include strokes, trauma to the brain, some types of diseases, tumors, neurological or birth defects, some medications, or even drug and/or alcohol abuse.

The team at S.L. Hunter & Associates is highly skilled in the treatment of cognitive communication disorders in both children and in adults and we understand the frustration and problems these disorders create in an individual’s life. If you suspect that you or someone you love may be affected by a cognitive communication disorder, our team can help.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. We can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.