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xmasadsboohiss Mon 04-Apr-16 23:37:38

Today we found out that our little one (8) has word finding problems. They are not severe and so far he has been doing well at school thankfully but I am concerned for him going forward as a good memory becomes more and more important the further along they go in school. Is there anyone out there with older children who have experience of this? Did it affect school work in secondary for instance? Did it make school work super stressful for the child (my main concern to be honest).

Also if anyone has tips on apps or games that would help that would be great. Obviously we'll be doing our best to help in more subtle ways too but want to make it fun where we can.

Thanks in advance.

MattDillonsPants Tue 05-Apr-16 09:46:09

Did the doctor say it was Anomic Aphasia?

This resource has lots of tips and advice on improving word retrieval. flowers

xmasadsboohiss Wed 06-Apr-16 23:36:51

Thanks so much MattD - the speech therapist didn't give it this name - from reading your link it seems like this affects older people more? Clearly I have a lot more reading up to do and should get back to the ST and check the clinical name.

Any one else have any experience of it with their children?

Ferguson Sat 09-Apr-16 18:13:40

How is he getting on with reading and Phonics?

Read to him as much as you can, including books which might seem too 'old' for him, but explain the meaning of new or difficult words.

This is what I did as a primary TA:
When reading harder books with a child, get him to point to words as he goes along. If he knows the word, or can sound it out, he can say it. If he doesn't know the word, he can hover his finger over it, and YOU say the word for him. Don't stop to analyse or discuss the word at this stage, but try and keep the 'flow' of reading going. Review difficulties at the end, if you wish to. This way, he has the satisfaction of reading more difficult books, without the fear of getting 'stuck' on words.

Hopefully, as he is exposed to more words, some of them may 'sink in'.

Also, try to read (to, or with him) books that have a greater purpose than just the story. I call these 'value added books', and these are good examples:

For able readers, I always suggest Arthur Ransome - “Swallows and Amazons” being the first of a dozen or so books. The stories are quite exciting, with a good sense of 'place' and history; and you could learn to sail from them, too!

I particularly recommend “Coot Club”; set on the Norfolk Broads, it can be read in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey 2-1/2inch map of the Broads, as every place mentioned in the book is real, and even today, is there on the map.

“Watership Down” is another book set in a ‘real’ location, that can be easily found on maps, and on dedicated web sites. The housing development that destroys the rabbits’ original home, exists today on the outskirts of Newbury, Berkshire.

xmasadsboohiss Mon 18-Apr-16 23:35:34

Hi Ferguson

Thanks so much for all that fab advice. The irony of my DC's word finding is he is good at reading and writing - but will look into the books you suggest.

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