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Department of Rehabilitation

Cognitive-communication Disorder

Cognitive-communication disorder commonly results from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or strokes involving the right side of the brain. This disorder can involve difficulties in the areas of language, social interaction skills, attention and perception as well as thinking skills.

Individuals with cognitive-communication disorder may exhibit:

  • Socially inappropriate or impulsive behaviour, e.g. saying things to the wrong person at the wrong time
  • Inappropriate conversational behaviours, e.g. talking non-stop, going off topic
  • Difficulty understanding complex material e.g. humour.
  • Difficulty expressing and interpreting emotions
  • Difficulty solving problems and making judgments
  • Poor attention, easily distracted
  • Poor insight

Aphasia and cognitive-communicative disorders may be improved through exercises to improve or maintain language function, e.g. production of words / sentences, reading and writing. Our speech therapists also address issues related to functional communication for individuals language disorders, e.g. practicing conversational strategies/skills, use of language in daily situations or activities such as making phone calls or ordering food. Our speech therapists also provide patient and caregiver education, for example training communication partners to facilitate communication and repair communication breakdowns.