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Hanen 4 “I”s to Socialize™: Coaching Parents of Children with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties

Working with young children who have autism or social communication difficulties presents many challenges. While research continues to show that parent-implemented intervention is a highly effective approach to helping these children, many professionals are not sure how best to involve parents.

For almost 20 years, we’ve trained speech-language pathologists through our More Than Words® workshop to provide effective parent-implemented intervention to families of children with autism. Now, we’re thrilled to expand our reach by offering a new workshop to non-SLP professionals who work with young children on the autism spectrum (or with social communication difficulties) and their families. As these professionals play critical roles in supporting children’s communication, we want to provide them with the highest-quality tools to make a difference for families.

The Hanen 4 “I”s to Socialize workshop was designed to provide professionals with the tools to empower parents to create the kind of interactions that lay the foundations for communication and language. The workshop covers evidence-based responsive interaction strategies drawn from Hanen’s More Than Words® program and guidebook. The training provides a framework on how to coach parents and caregivers to apply these strategies during everyday interactions with their child. This coaching model is based on the most current literature on effective coaching and is provided in a simple four-step framework. Each step of the model is illustrated with videos of a clinician and parent of a young child with autism during a coaching session.

Participants also receive a comprehensive set of resources that include everything needed to effectively integrate the Hanen approach into everyday clinical work.

Who is this training for?

Hanen 4 “I”s to Socialize is most valuable to those working within multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and Key Worker models to support young children with autism or social communication difficulties. These professionals include:

  • Early intervention providers
  • Early childhood intervention providers
  • Early childhood special educators
  • Special education teachers
  • Early intervention administrators
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Social workers/family therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Direct care staff/therapy assistants
  • Nurses/medical staff
  • Communication disorder assistants and speech-language pathology assistants

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe social communication development of children on the autism spectrum or with social communication disorder
  2. Determine the child’s stage of communication using the 4 “I”s Social Communication Checklist
  3. Identify appropriate social communication targets for children at each stage of communication
  4. Describe evidence-based, responsive interaction strategies that are known to facilitate pleasurable, extended adult-child interactions
  5. Describe The Hanen Centre’s family-centered approach to early language intervention
  6. Apply the Hanen coaching framework to facilitate parents’ use of responsive interaction strategies with their child
  7. Utilize specific communication techniques that facilitate dialogue during interactions with parents

Ongoing support

Following the 4 “I”s to Socialize workshop, participants receive ongoing support from Hanen to aid in fully and effectively integrating what has been learned into daily clinical work. In addition to multiple online follow-ups to provide ongoing clinical support, participants receive a monthly newsletter full of helpful articles, as well as exclusive savings on online Hanen trainings.

Practical materials

Your registration fee includes trusted resources that contain everything you need to share the information and strategies you learn with parents:

  • More Than Words Parent guidebook – a user-friendly, practical resource used worldwide by professionals who involve parents of children on the autism spectrum in their child’s early language intervention. The More Than Words guidebook contains detailed descriptions and examples of all the strategies covered in the training, and is a resource you will keep coming back to
  • More Than Words companion DVD – Used to support individual consultations or home programming, this video contains real-life examples of parents using More Than Words strategies and the effects these strategies have on their child's communication.
  • A comprehensive set of handouts – You'll use these to structure and plan your work with families.

What participants have said...

“Everything learned came together in a way that made it make sense for delivering to parents. The coaching techniques were particularly helpful, and the 2 days have made me reflect on my practice.”

“Brilliant training! Really enjoyed the last 2 days. Feels like I have a wealth of new knowledge.”

“Fantastic training! I have really enjoyed the opportunity…will be really helpful when working with families.”

“Having the plans and something to refer to has given me better direction and purpose.”

“Today has given me a much different perspective of my practices at work.

Taking the 4 “I”s to Socialize™ Workshop

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