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Oakland County Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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COGNITIVE COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
from Ellen Bouchard

Cognitive-communicative disorders are defined as alterations in communication due to deficits in a variety of linguistic and nonlinguistic cognitive processes (ASHA, 1991).

Included in this is executive functioning, attention, information processing, memory, visuo-spatial perception, reasoning/problem solving, and psychosocial behavior.

Deficits in these areas affect success in an academic environment in the following ways:

bulletDifficulty attending to and understanding complex commands
bulletDifficulty retaining information from a story
bulletInability to organize spoken expression so that it is coherent and
to the point
bulletDifficulty selecting appropriate topics of conversation

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