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It’s so important to help children build their language and literacy skills before they start school. In fact, studies show that up to 75% of children who have difficulty with language in preschool may have reading and other academic difficulties in later years.[1]

At The Hanen Centre, we know that parents, caregivers and educators have the power to help preschool-aged children overcome those difficulties through interactions that use specific strategies and techniques.

The 2018 Hanen Calendar is full of ideas to inspire and enhance those interactions every day of the year, with children who are language delayed, at risk of a language delay, or typically developing. 128 fun and easy tips show parents and educators how they can turn any part of the day into an opportunity to have rich conversations that set the stage for children’s language and literacy success.

Language and Literacy for All

Every year, the Hanen Calendar provides parents, caregivers and educators with eight tips every month to help all the children in their lives have more successful interactions. While these tips are so important for every single child, they’re crucial for children with language delays.

This year’s tips are as beneficial as ever for typically developing children, but we’ve now added even more information on why each tip in the calendar is so important for children with language delays, making this our most heavily research-based calendar ever. Each month, we break down the most current research on promoting key language and literacy skills for all children, followed by more information tailored especially to anyone communicating with children who have language delays.

Drawn from a wide selection of evidence-based Hanen Programs®, each tip was designed to help you enrich conversations with young children throughout the day, no matter what stage of communication they are at – and as we know, this is the key to truly preparing children for language and literacy success.

A Fun and Affordable Tool for Promoting Conversation

Whether a child is just learning to talk or already speaks in sentences, the 2018 Calendar offers dozens of research-based tips for creating the kinds of interactions that will help that child learn best.

Designed for use by both parents and educators, this edition of the calendar includes:

Monthly themes centering
around a specific skill

Each month focuses on a critical skill children need to learn to be prepared for language and literacy success.
Each month includes a description of what the research says about the importance of promoting particular skills in children who are typically developing, followed by evidence-based strategies for supporting children who are having difficulty developing language.
Tips to support children from 18 months to 5 years old
The 128 tips in this calendar are divided into two categories depending on the child’s language level, so parents and educators can choose the appropriate tip for the child they’re interacting with.
Concrete ideas that can
be applied across contexts

Each month contains eight diverse tips that can be applied in a home or classroom setting to promote children’s learning.


Now only $4.95 until supplies last! For bulk pricing, call us at 1-877-Hanen55 (1-877-426-3655)

Work in a school board or early learning centre?

The Hanen Calendar makes a cost-effective, high-quality addition to any information package you may prepare for caregivers each year. Call us Toll Free at 1-877-Hanen55 or send us an email, and we’ll work within your budget to get this resource into the hands of as many parents and educators as possible.


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1Aram, D. M., & Hall, N. E. (1989). Longitudinal follow-up of children with preschool communication disorders: Treatment implications. School Psychology Review, 18, 487–501.