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Word Finding (4A)

A word finding problem is the inability to retrieve desired words from memory and then speak or write those words.
Students who have word finding problems may be unable to find the words they want to say or write. This often results in the "tip of the tongue" phenomenon, and as a result students may use imprecise synonyms or words with similar spelling.

Formal Diagnostics

A diagnosis from a speech pathologist or therapist should be provided as documentation of a word finding disorder.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have difficulty finding the right words for people, places, or things?
  • Do you have difficulty naming objects even though you know what to do with them?
  • Do you often have difficulty finding the right word when you are writing?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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