Definitions for "Cognitive Impairment"
A breakdown in a person's mental state that may affect a person's moods, fears, anxieties, and ability to think clearly. Back to the Top
This term “cognitive impairment” consolidates the formerly used terms severe mental impairment, trainable mental impairment, and educable mental impairment into a single eligibility. Rule 340.1705 of the Michigan Department of Education's Revised Administrative Rules for Special Education (November 2002) states that “cognitive impairment” shall be manifested during the development period and be determined through the demonstration of all of the following behavioral characteristics: Development at a rate at or below approximately two standard deviations below the mean as determined through intellectual assessment. Scores approximately within the lowest six percentiles on a standardized test in reading and arithmetic. Lack of development primarily in the cognitive domain. Impairment of adaptive behavior. Adversely affects a student's educational performance.
A deficiency in the ability to think, perceive, reason or remember resulting in loss of the ability to take care of one's daily living needs.
A medical condition or injury that affects a person's ability to understand spoken or written information.
A broad term used to describe many different conditions which cause someone mild to severe difficulty in understanding or processing information. This can be include more slowly than average. These people may require information to be presented in multiple formats (see and hear it for example) before they completely understand it. See also: Learning Disabilities
Loss of the ability to process, learn, and remember information.
Loss of rational comprehensive thought processes due to a degenerative disease or disorder