word approximation

word approximation

Neurology The use of a word similar in meaning–eg, heat for fever–to another; a feature of positive thought disorders
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We've been building up to this moment for months (well, really years,) as I've witnessed his struggles with even rudimentary speech go by the wayside as he's acquired ten, then 20, then 30 words and word approximations. He's been reading word lists to me for weeks, then reciting them from memory (sadly I'm quite certain my brain can no longer accomplish this feat.) Every syllable has been a thrill, but as always, I wanted more.
By the last therapy session, CM had attempted the following words and/or word approximations: go, happy, house, radio, kitchen, cake, table, fruit, bath, computer, pizza, Dad, banana, TV, apple, pool, crab, ice, one, three, and five and the phrases 'I go' and 'I want.'
Johnny's IQ was in the 40's range of mental retardation; he was functionally nonverbal, yet exhibited a few word approximations. He lived at home with his parents during the course of the study.