Anomic Aphasia

What is Anomic Aphasia?

Anomic aphasia, also known as dysnomia, nominal aphasia, and amnesic aphasia; is a severe problem with recalling words or names.

Anomic aphasia (anomia) is a type of aphasia characterized by difficulty recalling words or names. However, sometimes people can recall the name when given clues. In addition, people are able to speak with correct grammar; the main difficulty is finding the appropriate word to identify an object or person.

Sometimes people may know what to do with an object, but still not be able to give a name to the object. For example, if a they are shown an orange and asked what it is called, they may be well aware that the object can be peeled and eaten, and may even be able to demonstrate this by actions or even verbal responses – however, they cannot recall that the object is called an "orange." 

Here is the first of a series of videos featuring a speech therapist working with somebody with Anomic aphasia.

You can watch the other parts to the video on YouTube to see her progression.