Trouble With Words

For some people, FTD starts with changes in how they talk or the words they use. The person can be really smart and know lots of words but when FTD is in the part of the brain in charge of language, talking and writing get harder. This type of FTD is called .

Someone with this type of FTD:

  • May not always know the right word, even for something simple like a plate or clock
  • Has trouble saying a full sentence like you learn to do in school. They might say, “You like green shirt?” instead of “Do you like my new green shirt?”
  • May not understand what you say and has a hard time answering your questions
  • May talk less or get angry or frustrated trying to tell you something

What you can do:

  • Look at the person when you talk to them
  • Speak slowly
  • Reduce other noise in the room as much as possible
  • Use pictures, hand motions and expression on your face along with words to show what you mean

3Sometimes Dad gets words mixed up. Once we were taking a walk. He said his coat was untied and he bent down to tie his shoe. Now Dad doesn’t talk much and when he does he says silly things. Connor told Dad about his new soccer ball and Dad started talking about sandwiches.



A disease that affects the parts of the brain that control speech and language. Early symptoms may include trouble speaking or understanding words and sentences. Symptoms get worse over time.