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Choosing Initial Vocabulary Targets for Children Who Are Late Talkers

(Open to Hanen members only)

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Hanen Member $45.00
Group $595 for a group of 15 ($40 per additional person)

Course Overview

When setting vocabulary goals for children who are late talkers, clinicians must consider a variety of factors.

Choosing Initial Vocabulary Targets  highlights key criteria for vocabulary selection (the child’s understanding of the word, his speech sound repertoire, his motivation and his existing word types) and then goes on to discuss the rationale and importance of pairing each target word with a gesture. Using a case study, participants are given the opportunity to practice choosing vocabulary according to the specified criteria.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this 2 hour e-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of children who are considered late talkers
  • List the criteria for selecting vocabulary targets and explain the rationale for each one
  • Discuss the importance of including verbs as initial target vocabulary
  • Explain the significance of pairing vocabulary targets with gestures
  • Select individualized vocabulary targets for children who are late talkers


Professional Development Hours

  • This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (introductory level; Professional area). Full attendance and participation during the two hours is required. This course focuses on aspects of the Hanen approach to early language intervention and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services
  • 2 professional development hours

Presenter Info

Cindy Earle, M.A., S-LP(C), CCC, Reg CASLPO, Program Director for Target Word™ - The Hanen Program for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers. Cindy is also the Resource Coordinator for Hanen Training for Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Initiative. As an experienced Hanen Instructor, Cindy has conducted numerous workshops and done many presentations both in North America and abroad. She is an experienced leader of the It Takes Two to Talk®, Learning Language and Loving It™ and Target Word™ Programs.


  • Professionals who work with young children and their families
  • Speech-language pathology and early childhood education students

Note: If you are a parent, this e-Seminar will not meet your learning needs. Find out how Hanen can help you.

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Note: This e-Seminar focuses on the information outlined above, and will include no or limited information about similar products or services.