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.