Word Finding

What might you see?

  • Problems finding the right word to describe what the person is trying to say

How can you help?

  • Give the service member or veteran time to locate the word they are looking for.
  • If they still cannot locate the word after some time, try to guess at what they might mean or ask them to write it down, point to it, or describe it.
  • Be patient. It can be very frustrating for everyone, especially the service member or veteran, when they know what they want to say but cannot say the right word or phrase.
  • Encourage the use of another word that is close in meaning.
  • Suggest the use of many words or a description instead of using a single word.