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A cognitive-communication evaluation or therapy is recommended if you or your loved one has any of the following symptoms:

Cognitive Therapy

A cognitive-communication evaluation and therapy is recommended if you or your loved one has any of the following symptoms:

cognitive and memory therapy for adults in Palm Beach
  • Difficulty communicating wants and needs

  • Changes in memory, judgment, and problem solving ability

  • Difficulty performing daily tasks (e.g., using a calendar, paying bills)

  • Reduced interest in social communication or maintaining relationships

  • Safety risk due to inability to communicate in an emergency

  • Limited awareness of impairment

  • Communication problems:

    • Difficulty selecting appropriate words and remembering names

    • Difficulty with conversation (e.g., starting/ending, changing topic)

    • Missing or misunderstanding humor

    • Difficulty understanding facial expressions and/or body language

  • Difficulty managing home or employment due to:

    • Difficulty following directions

    • Difficulty multi-tasking

    • Difficulty managing emotions (e.g., anxiety, frustration, or anger)

    • Difficulty making, following, and modifying plans

    • Difficulty understanding/managing legal or financial matters

    • Difficulty effectively communicating with colleagues and/or customers

Cognitive impairments in adults are commonly related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, TBI, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors. Treatment plans for cognitive-communication disorders are created based on the severity of the impairment and individual client and family needs. Speech-language pathologists work with the client and family to help maintain and improve participation in activities in daily living, ensure safety in the natural environment, and facilitate communication. Your therapist may provide strategies to help the client compensate for cognitive problems and educate caregivers in techniques to improve the client's functioning. In our experience, treatment of cognitive deficits is most effective in the client's natural environment, such as the home, due to increased likelihood of carryover outside of therapy.

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