Cognitive problems and communication
problems and communication - “Talking
deficits can affect a person's ability to communicate, without directly
affecting their language areas, or ability to produce speech.
video of James and then brainstorm what his difficulties with communication
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with communication are the result of impairments to his memory, a cognitive
process, rather than impairments to his specific language areas.
following list outlines some cognitive impairments and some consequences
they can have for communication:
- Difficulty learning
Can lead to a person
forgetting what they have already told someone, and so repeating themselves.
Can also make learning new words more difficult.
Information processing problems
- Slowness in
thinking and responding
- Reduced attention
- Easily distracted,
can’t stay on task
- Poor concentration,
can’t keep track of more than one thing at a time
Can mean that a
person has difficulty keeping on one topic, and may go off on "tangents"
- Failure to develop
plans of action
ineffective approach to task
- Failure to learn
May result in a
person have difficulty planning what they want to communicate into
logical order eg if giving a set of instructions or telling a story
D. Inflexible thought process
- Gets stuck on
one idea and can’t be shifted
- Can only see
one point of view
- Difficulty adopting
- Difficulty grasping
- Takes a long
time to adapt to new situations
Person may have
difficulty adapting the communication style to suit the situation.
- Lethargic and
- Difficulty starting
- Difficulty sustaining
appropriate activity (needs prompting to continue)
May need repetitive
prompting to continue communication
- Difficulty controlling
impulses (overly familiar, sexually inappropriate, tactless)
- Low frustration
in inappropriate ways, and not observe social conventions when communicating