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Autism Awareness Month

Autism Corner

As the most important communication teachers in a child's life, parents have incredible power to help their child interact more easily and more meaningfully with the world around them.We created this special page to help families of children on the autism spectrum promote their child's communication during everyday routines and activities.

We hope you find the information helpful, and that you have fun connecting with your child while helping him learn!

 Understanding Communication in Children with Autism


Helpful Articles

Written by Hanen Certified Speech-Language Pathologists, the following articles will help you better understand your child's communication, and what you can do during everyday activities to help him learn:

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Tips for Building Communication Into Every Part of the Day

Taken from Hanen’s parent guidebooks More Than Words® and TalkAbility™, the following sets of tips will help you use the everyday routines and activities you’re already doing with your child to promote communication development.

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Zwade's Story

Zwade is a young boy with autism from Barbados whose parents were struggling with keeping him attentive and interested in an activity so he could learn new skills. When they attended Hanen’s More Than Words® Program for Parents, Zwade’s parents learned a life-changing secret – that building their child’s communication skills could be fun and less frustrating for both themselves and their son if they chose to make use of his passions and his special interests.

Helpful Resources

Hanen Programs and Resources

For over 35 years, The Hanen Centre has been committed to helping parents promote the best possible social, language, and literacy skills in young children.  Our speech-language pathologists have developed a number of research-based programs and resources especially for parents of children on the autism spectrum to help them build the communication skills their child needs to more easily express his wants and needs, and to have more meaningful interactions with others.

More Than Words® parent guidebook and Companion DVD: Building Interaction and Language Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties
More Than Words® Program for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum

TalkAbility™ parent guidebook: People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum
TalkAbility™ Program for Parents of Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum

Make Play R.O.C.K.™ Booklet Series

Other Helpful Websites

Parents may also find the following websites helpful: