Cognitive Communication Disorders (CCDs) include a wide range of challenges that are associated with a decline in cognition. These can be the result of congenital disorders, brain injury, or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Individuals may experience difficulty with memory and attention, as well as processing, storing and retrieving information. All these cognitive processes are closely associated with communication. Thus, someone with a CCD may experience challenges following directions, learning new information, organizing tasks, gaining insight into others’ perceptions, maintaining conversational topics, self-monitoring, or following social cues.
Telepractitioners can provide unique assistance to clients with CCDs. Because memory is often impacted, context is very important to individuals with CCDs. Telepractice can let therapists interact with these clients in the home, surrounded by the environment and people that are the most familiar to them, as well as the tasks that are the most important for them to master. Mobile technology also permits a client to take their therapist along with them to provide coaching in a variety of important settings. Likewise, telepractice can make services much more accessible to clients who need more frequent and intensive treatment.