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It Takes Two to Talk® Guidebook and DVD for Parents

"Rarely do we see a guide that provides information so thoroughly grounded in current research yet so well organized and accessible..."

Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D.
Director, Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington
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If you're a parent concerned about your child's language development, Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk® guidebook and companion DVD can support you in giving your child the extra help he needs.

Designed specifically for parents of children with language delays, It Takes Two to Talk is based on the following important principles:

  • Learning happens naturally - Children learn language best during everyday routines and conversations with the important people in their lives
  • Parents are their child's most important language teachers
  • The earlier a child receives the extra help he needs, the more his language skills will improve

With the right skills and strategies, you can transform any moment of your child's life into fun and natural opportunities to build strong language skills.

How does It Takes Two to Talk® Help?

Practical ideas for everyday situations

It Takes Two to Talk makes use of the everyday activities you're already doing with your child to help him learn language. By using It Takes Two to Talk strategies during routines like getting dressed, taking a bath, or having lunch, you'll be making small but important tweaks to the way you interact with your child that will give him extra opportunities and encouragement to use and learn language.

Easy-to-use resources

The It Takes Two to Talk parent guidebook and companion DVD work together to offer you a practical, step-by-step learning experience. While the guidebook outlines all the important information and strategies you'll need, the companion DVD allows you to see those strategies in action by watching real-life videos of parents and their children. This makes it easy to “see” what works and what doesn't.

Step 1:
Read Chapter 1: Learn More about Your Child's Communication

In this chapter of the It Takes Two to Talk guidebook, you'll learn more about your child's communication skills and easily “zero in” on your child's stage of communication development. You'll figure out whether your child is a:

  • Discoverer
  • Communicator
  • First Words User
  • Combiner

Once you've identified his stage, you'll better understand his current needs and abilities and have an idea of what to expect from him next.

Step 2:
Watch the corresponding chapter on the Companion DVD

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This video clip helps parents identify a child at the Communicator Stage.

The It Takes Two to Talk companion DVD shows you real-life video examples of children at each stage of communication development so that you can easily “see” your child on the DVD and identify his stage.

Working through the chapters in a step-by-step fashion, you would read about a strategy in the guidebook, and then watch examples on the DVD of real parents using that strategy with their child.

Evidence-based strategies

The strategies you'll learn from the It Takes Two to Talk resources are drawn from It Takes Two to Talk – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays. These strategies have been shown in clinical practice to have positive effects on the communication skills development of young children.

Ongoing support

The It Takes Two to Talk guidebook and DVD provide you with ongoing support as your child's language development progresses. As your child advances from one stage of communication to the next (for example, from a Communicator to a First Words User), you can return to the resources for helpful tips for building your child's language skills at his new stage.

Also consider showing the guidebook to your child's speech-language pathologist so he/she can help you choose activities to supplement home programming.

          Parents and professionals will find It Takes Two to Talk a unique and invaluable resource to promote the communicative development of children with language delays. Rarely do we see a guide that provides information so thoroughly grounded in current research yet so well organized and accessible. Supported by creative illustrations, readers easily find their way from principles to applications in everyday family activities. The Hanen Centre's deep knowledge of the field and of families is apparent in every chapter.

Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D.
Director, Center on Human Development and Disability
Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics, University of Washington

To learn how you can turn any moment of the day into
rich language-learning opportunities for your child,
order your It Takes Two to Talk resources today.