Cognitive Language Impairment
Cognition is the word given to how our mind plans
We use speech and language as tools to express our thoughts,
therefore changes to cognition can affect communication.
Cognitive processes include:
Cognitive impairment affects communication because cognition is
the first step in the process of communication.
For example; we use skills such as:
Cognitive impairments result from damage to the areas of the
brain involved in cognition. Causes include: dementia, stroke, head
injury, brain tumour, Alzheimer's.
Cognitive impairments nearly always affect communication. They
sometime co-occur with language and/ or speech difficulties.
There are lots of ways to help reduce the impact of cognitive
impairments on language. The strategies that will help you will
depend on the nature of the cognitive impairment. Your Speech and
Language Therapist will give you advice personalised to you.
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