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Finding & recalling words

Man writing words to communicate with his friendsIt can be frustrating when you can't 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's difficult so they can help you.Set some rules for them. For example, if you can't find a word, do you want them to help you find it, or do you want them just to give you more time?

General tips to help you communicate

  • books
  • communication book
  • internet
  • magazines
  • music
  • personal portfolio
  • photos
  • television
  • texting


If you can't find a word:

Tips to help you remember names

Written by community speech-language therapists, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2020.


See also:

Tips for reading, writing and using the phone

Page reference: 121581

Review key: HISCD-79694