Cognitive Therapy

Speech-language pathology includes services for patients with cognitive-linguistic challenges that affect attention/concentration, memory, problem-solving skills, thought organization and reasoning.

Cognitive disorders can be caused by:

Personalized Speech Therapy 

Our speech-language pathologists work one-on-one with patients and their caregivers. We encourage caregivers to get involved because a strong support system and personal insight help obtain the best outcomes.

Our speech-language pathologists can:

  • Teach memory strategies to help a loved one stay safe and maintain their independence so they can stay in their home longer
  • Make recommendations for modifying the living environment to help everyone adjust to the memory loss
  • Support caregivers in communicating effectively and provide resources to improve quality of life and minimize stress and anxiety
  • Assess any eating, drinking or swallowing disorders and recommend ways to decrease the risk of malnutrition and/or weight loss
  • Help patients and their families make informed decisions about the continuum of care as the condition progresses

Stages of Cognitive Impairment

People progress through each stage at different rates. They may remain in one stage for years.

Early Stage
Mild Cognitive Decline. Traits include poor short-term memory, difficulty with complex tasks such as managing medications and finances, decreased participation in social activities, repeating the same story over and over,
personality and/or mood changes, and difficulty recalling the right words. The early stage is the ideal time to begin treatment.

Mid Stage
Moderate Cognitive Decline. Traits include forgetting personal details, getting lost, poor personal safety awareness, changes in personal
hygiene/grooming habits, loss of interest in hobbies, changes in eating habits, and anxiety or agitation.

Late Stage
Severe Cognitive Decline. Traits include needing help completing daily activities, poor communication skills, an inability to recognize family and/or friends, and physical decline. At this stage, therapy is recommended as a way to train and educate family members on how to maximize safety and quality of life at home.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Discover how speech therapy can help you or your loved one by calling our Outpatient Rehabilitation Services department at 816-691-1795. Most insurance providers cover speech therapy services with a doctor's orders.