The Caregiver's Journey

Word Finding

What you might see:

  • Problems finding the right word to describe what he or she is trying to say

How you can help:

  • Give your family member time to locate the word he or she is looking for.
  • If he or she still cannot locate the word after some time, guess at what he or she might mean. Or ask him or her to write it down.
  • Try to be patient. It can be very frustrating for your service member/veteran when he or she knows what he or she wants to say, but cannot locate the right word or phrase.
  • Encourage him or her to use another word that is close in meaning.
  • Suggest that he or she use many words (or a description) instead of using a single word. (This is called circumlocution, a strategy speech language pathologists will often teach.)