Speech Exam
 

Naming

 
 
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Overview

    • How to Assess

    • Items around the room - point to objects and ask the patient to name them. Avoid frequently named items such as pen and watch - ask them to name objects such as cufflink or stethoscope.
    • Pictures of items - show drawings of objects and ask the patient to name them.
    • Significance

    • Inability to name items is classically a sign of anomic aphasia.

Circumlocution

  • Circumlocution is the act of talking around a specific word, rather than saying it directly. For example, instead of ‘pen’ the patient might say ‘a tool that I use to write with’.
    • Significance

    • Suggests the presence of anomic aphasia.
 
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