In last week’s blog, we discussed aspects of cognitive communication disorders and how a speech-language pathologist can help. Today, we target a specific aspect of cognition that can effect communication as well as day-to-day functioning: organization.
Organization is a type of executive function, a subset of cognitive skills managed by the frontal lobes of the brain. Other areas of executive function include planning, self-regulation and mental focus. Some people are naturally stronger in certain areas of executive function than they are in others. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t be improved upon. With proper training and practice, most areas of executive function can be developed and enhanced.
Organizational difficulties can create problems in both communication and everyday functioning. Issues with organization can complicate daily life, from efficiently planning out one’s daily routine to coordinating responsibilities and tasks. In communication, poor organization can create a lack of coherence and clarity in your intended message. A speech-language pathologist can help strengthen organizational skills by breaking down the individual components of organization and targeting each with specific exercises and tasks. As skills are learned, their relationship to communication will be explored and improved upon. A speech-language pathologist may also help to develop and utilize external strategies to help with organizational skills, such as planners and reminders.
If you or someone you love has a communication disorder, contact Speech Associates of New York and allow our professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists help you communicate to the best of your ability. Our team provides in-home evaluations and therapy, and is trained in the assessment and treatment of a range of pediatric and adult speech, language and communication disorders. Call us today at (917) 841-2965 and find out how we can help you communicate your best!