We all have moments of difficulty retrieving a word... it's on the "tip of our tongue" but we just can't find it. However, for some students, word finding can be very frustrating, and can be more than just a fleeting moment of a word retrieval problem. For students experiencing this, he/she may know the correct answer to a question, but may be unable to appropriately express what they know.
Some common characteristics of word finding difficulties are:
- Fillers: Examples include "uh", "like", etc. These words do not contribute to a statement or conversation.
- Word or phrase repetitions: Examples include "and the and the" or "monkey monkey" (exhibited within a longer sentence).
- Phrase or sentence revisions: Examples include "Then the boy, Lila walked into the kitchen." or "The dog, we ate at the picnic table."
- Delays: Significant pauses observed within a sentence.
- Word substitutions: Examples include "The dog ate the leash (bone)." or "Molly took out a plate (bowl) to put the soup in."
If you suspect that your child has word retrieval difficulties and these difficulties are significantly affecting your child's educational performance, contact a speech-language pathologist. If you are looking for a few suggestions as to how to help improve your child's word finding difficulties, I have a free resource at my TpT store that might help. You can access this resource HERE.
Do you have any helpful tips or tricks for targeting word retrieval difficulties?