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How to Diagnose Dysnomia

Thursday, 02 Jun 2011 09:50 AM

What is Dysnomia?
Dysnomia refers to the learning disability of a person who is either unable or struggles to recall a word or a name from memory. This may happen while talking or while writing or during both. Dysnomiacs commonly use word replacement when unable to retrieve a word, and either need longer time to complete tests or leave them incomplete.

How is Dysnomia Diagnosed?
Dysnomia is diagnosed using neuropsychological tests. These measure the severity of dysnomia and identify or eliminate other conditions having symptoms similar to those of dysnomia.

A commonly used test for dysnomia diagnosis is Rapid Automatized Naming, which assesses how quickly a person can name familiar objects/colors. In this test, common objects (or colors) are repeatedly displayed on a computer screen, and the person is asked to quickly identify or name five of those objects/colors. The time the person took to name the objects is compared with the average time that asymptomatic people of the same age group take.

Treatment for dysnomia varies with the underlying causes of the condition. Dysnomia treatments may include medication, speech therapy, and language therapy. While dysnomia resulting from brain trauma is treatable, the learning disability is not.

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