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Frequently Asked Questions

ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Workshop

Q: Who can take the ABC and Beyond workshop?

A: This workshop is open to:

Q: What are the workshop objectives?

A: Upon completion of the ABC and Beyond Advanced Workshop, SLP/Ts will be able to:

  • Lead ABC and Beyond – The Hanen Program® for Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings, selecting from a variety of flexible training delivery models
  • Utilize principles of adult education to provide teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to create optimal learning environments to support the development of emergent literacy
  • Plan and conduct interactive group sessions in the ABC and Beyond Program.
  • Assess videotaped teacher-child interactions in terms of teachers’ application the ABC and Beyond strategies and provide constructive, informative feedback to teachers to facilitate generalization of strategy use.
  • Integrate ABC and Beyond strategies into one-on-one consultations with educators
  • Evaluate videotaped interactions in terms of application of responsive strategies using the Teacher Interaction and Language Rating Scale.

Q: What is the workshop format and agenda?

A: ABC and Beyond is a 2-day workshop consisting of approximately 6 hours of training per day (excluding scheduled breaks). In a small group setting, SLPs participate in experiential, hands-on activities as the instructor guides them through the process of teaching adults in the context of an ABC and Beyond Program, as well as in the context of one-to-one consultations with educators. In a supportive environment, participants have the opportunity to practice each component of the teaching process and to self-evaluate, as well as receive constructive feedback from the instructor.

Download workshop Agendas:

North American Workshop Agenda
UK, Ireland and Singapore Workshop Agenda

Q: What are the workshop fees and materials?

A: Fees vary from workshop to workshop, depending on location, venue and administrative costs. Visit the individual workshop registration pages for Early bird and regular fees.

Included in your workshop fee is the full set of ABC and Beyond resources, including:

  • ABC and Beyond Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide – This step-by-step guide lays out the entire program, and includes all the handouts and checklists required to lead the program.
  • ABC and Beyond PowerPoint slides DVD with embedded video clips and DVD User’s Guide – This DVD contains the presentation slides for all sessions of the program, and includes real-life video examples of educators using ABC and Beyond strategies.
  • ABC and Beyond: Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings (Weitzman & Greenberg, 2010) – This practical guidebook for educators outlines all the ABC and Beyond strategies with clear examples and helpful checklists to support educators in their correct implementation strategies in their classrooms.

Q: Do I become certified after attending this workshop?

A: Yes. Participants receive accreditation of their “Certified” status upon signing a Cooperative Agreement (this agreement licenses SLPs and early childhood education consultants/trainer to lead ABC and Beyond™ — The Hanen Program® for Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings). To maintain their certification, participants must renew their Hanen membership annually.

Q: Is there anything I need to do before I come to the workshop?

A: Yes. Before attending the workshop, all registrants must complete a Pre-Workshop Assignment. A link to the assignment will be sent to you after registration.

Q: How many continuing education credits will I receive?

A: This workshop is offered for 1.4 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area). Full attendance and participation during the two days is required. As a prerequisite, there is an Individual Learning Component to be completed before participation in the workshop. This workshop focuses specifically on the ABC and Beyond™ Program and accompanying resources and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services.

If you are attending an International workshop and wish to receive ASHA CEUs, please email at least 6 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Q: What are the workshop instructor’s qualifications?

A: All Hanen workshops are led by a Hanen Instructor who has successfully completed in-depth training from The Hanen Centre on how to train other SLPs and ECE consultants/trainers to lead Hanen Programs and implement the Hanen approach in their daily work. In addition to leading Hanen Workshops for The Hanen Centre, all Hanen Instructors are SLPs who practice in a variety of settings, and lead Hanen Programs as part of the clinical services they offer in their respective places of employment.

Q: I may not have the opportunity to offer the full ABC and Beyond Program to groups of educators. Will the workshop still be useful to me?

A: Yes. The ABC and Beyond Program may be offered in a variety of flexible delivery models. If you are unable to deliver the full program due to time or funding constraints or limited participant commitment, it is possible to provide a partial program of selected session topics. In addition, ABC and Beyond resources and strategies may be easily integrated into one-to-one consultations with educators.

Q: How can I find an ABC and Beyond workshop?

A: Visit the workshop schedule. If there are no workshops currently scheduled in your area, sign up for email notification so you’ll be informed as soon as a workshop becomes available.

Q: Am I responsible for my own accommodations?

A: Yes, workshop participants must research and arrange their own travel and accommodations.

Q: I am not an SLP or early childhood education consult/trainer, but I am interested in ABC and Beyond strategies for myself or my organization. What can I do?