This checklist is based on:
The Word Finding Referral Checklist by Diane
The more of these behaviors that an individual
exhibits, the more likely it is that there is a word finding problem.
- Has difficulty remembering names of people, places
- Gives the function of the word ("cutting"
- Describes the word (“the brown one" for penny)
- Says a word that sounds like the word
("custard" for mustard; "geophy" for geography)
- Uses vague words (stuff, thing, watch-a-ma-call-it)
- Says the
wrong word and then self-corrects (“basketball, no football”)
- Has long delays when trying to think of words (“Give
me the .........video")
- Repeats words and phrases when relating experiences
("We were, ... We were going shopping")
- Makes false starts and revises when
relating experiences ("We were ...Bob and I went to the game")
- Uses gestures that
indicate frustration (hand waving, finger snapping) or mime the target
- Uses filler words
when trying to think of a word ("um, ...er, … ah …
- States "I know that word, but I can't think of
German, D. (1983). I know
it but I can’t think of it: Word Retrieval Difficulties. Academic Therapy 18:5, 539-545.
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