What is word finding difficulty? What is word retrieval difficulty?

Children and adults both can struggle with word finding difficulties.  A child with a language impairment, a brain tumor, and a child that suffered from a traumatic brain injury may have word finding or retrieval difficulties.  Adults too….can suffer from word retrieval difficulties…whether due to a stroke, a brain tumor or a traumatic brain injury…or another insult to the brain that may now impact language and communication skills.

But what exactly does it mean to have word finding difficulties.   It means that the word you are struggling to find is a word that you have said before….you know what the word means as you understand the word…and sometimes it may be right there are the “tip of your tongue”….but you can’t seem to get it out.  All of us… many times…have difficulty in retrieving a word…maybe you are trying to tell your friend about a great restaurant that you ate at…and how much you loved the meal….and that you have been to the restaurant many times….but…for the life of you….you can not recall the name of the restaurant.  Well it is my job to help those struggling with word finding difficulties become better communicators and most importantly learn how to use the strategies on an independent level….so that they learn how to self cue when the word is “stuck”.  I am always so proud of the young girl that I work with….when she is able to self cue…and she knows that she did…because she will tell me that she self-cued to get the word out that was “stuck”. 

Now there are many activities that are enriching activities.  And these enriching activities will continue to stimulate the brain, make more connections, and help the person struggling to become a better communicator….but most importantly to me is for the person struggling to learn how to use the strategies and cues on an independent level.  So please go to the word finding page for strategies….I am not done yet…as I have not covered carrier phrases and a few other strategies….so be sure to check back when you can.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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