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First Steps – A Diagnostic Intervention for Toddlers with Suspected Motor Speech Difficulties

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Regular $84.95
Hanen Member $45.00
Group $595 for a group of 15 ($40 per additional person)

Course Overview

First Steps examines the similarities in the communication profiles of children who are late to talk, and highlights why it can be difficult to determine the presence of a motor speech difficulty.

The e-Seminar reviews the literature’s guidelines for intervening for very young, expressive language delayed children and discusses how Target Word® - The Hanen Program for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers fulfills the recommended criteria for initial intervention.

Participants view videotaped examples of children at initial assessment and at program completion to demonstrate how a child's response to the intervention guides clinical decision-making regarding next steps.

Course Objectives

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

  • Identify the similarities in the clinical profiles of children who:
    • are late talkers
    • may have motor speech difficulties
  • List the responsive caregiver strategies that help to create a supportive, safe, communicative environment for young children
  • Chose initial vocabulary targets to facilitate specific motor speech movements
  • Plan next steps in interventions for young children who are late to talk using clinical information following a diagnostic intervention


Professional Development Hours

  • This seminar (Introductory Level, Professional Area) is registered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs. 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.