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Teaching Tuning In: Practical Strategies to Promote Theory of Mind for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum

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Regular $84.95
Hanen Member $45.00
Group $595 for a group of 15 ($40 per additional person)
ASHA CEUs   This session is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Arena)

Course Overview

Verbal children with autism often have difficulty developing a “theory of mind” or “tuning in” to the thoughts and feelings of others.

Teaching Tuning In breaks down the research on theory of mind development, explaining how it differs in children on the autism spectrum. Participants learn specific, research-based interaction strategies for helping these children tune in to others. These practical, naturalistic strategies can be implemented directly with children in therapy or be shared with parents to help them promote their children’s theory of mind within everyday interactions and conversations.

Course Objectives

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

  • define “theory of mind/tuning in”
  • describe how joint attention and theory of mind are connected
  • Describe the five stages of tuning in: understanding; wanting; thinking; seeing leads to knowing; hidden feelings; and false beliefs
  • summarize differences in the development of “tuning in” in typically developing children and in children who have social communication difficulties/ASD
  • describe specific interactive strategies, drawn from Hanen Programs®, that parents and clinicians can use to facilitate “tuning in” with children on the autism spectrum
  • apply interactive strategies that promote “tuning in” to naturalistic activities with children on the autism spectrum at each stage of the development of “tuning in”

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


Financial: Lisa Drake, M.Cl.Sc., SLP(C), CCC-SLP, is Program Director for Autism Services at The Hanen Centre. Her responsibilities include leading More Than Words® Hanen Certification workshops and developing resources and materials for use in More Than Words® workshops and other related trainings. Lisa also develops resources for More Than Words® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is co-author of the More Than Words Leader’s Guide. The Hanen Centre holds copyright to these materials and Lisa receives no financial benefit from the sale of these materials. Non-Financial: No other relevant non-financial relationships exist.



  • 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.