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Finding & recalling words

Rapu me maumahara kupu

Man writing words to communicate with his friendsIt can be frustrating when you cannot find the words. But there are things you can do to make it easier.

Get others on board

Communication is about partnership. If you have trouble communicating, make sure the people you talk with most often know what is difficult so they can help you. Set some rules for them. For example, if you cannot find a word, do you want them to help you find it or do you just want them to give you more time?

General tips to help you communicate

If you cannot find a word:

Tips to help you remember names

Written by speech-language therapists, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2023.


See also:

Tips for reading, writing & using the phone

Page reference: 121581

Review key: HISCD-79694