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More Than Words® Certification Workshop for Speech-Language Pathologists

Whether you are an experienced clinician or a new graduate, the More Than Words® Certification workshop will enrich the service you offer to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or social communication difficulties.

The Hanen Centre has committed 40 years to developing effective parent-implemented interventions that support the work of SLPs and help them make the biggest possible difference in the lives of young children and their families. More Than Words is one of our most highly acclaimed workshops, and it’s one that promises to fundamentally change the way you provide intervention to children and their families.

Newly updated... and now available online!

This workshop is available in two formats – in-person and online. The More Than Words workshop has just been updated to provide you with even more effective tools for zeroing in on the very specific needs of young children with autism or social communication difficulties, and addressing those needs with evidence-based, family-centered techniques. Updates include a new assessment and goal-setting framework, as well as enhanced intervention strategies that target the most important areas of difficulty for children with autism.

Why take the More Than Words® Certification Workshop?


► NEW! Online workshops

You now have the option to attend More Than Words entirely online. The virtual training re-creates the in-person More Than Words workshop experience using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. The online workshop is offered over three full days, with participants attending each day's session live with an instructor and fellow participants.

Attendees are required to attend all three days of the workshop from start time to end time, as indicated during registration. As with all Hanen workshops, attendees will be actively engaged and will participate and interact with the instructor and with other participants throughout the three days. 

Learning activities include a pre-workshop assignment with self-study components, followed by live online sessions facilitated by the instructor, which include small group activities with other participants.  

► Certification to lead an evidence-based, early language intervention program to groups of parents

Gain a world-recognized certification on completion of the More Than Words workshop. This workshop certifies you to lead More Than Words -- The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties, a family-centered, social–pragmatic intervention program for parents of young children with ASD or social communication difficulties. Its goal is to build capacity in parents so they can play a primary role in facilitating their child’s social, communication, and vocabulary development.  An additional license may also be purchased to deliver the program via telepractice. 

In leading the More Than Words Program, the Hanen Certified SLP helps parents:

  • Identify their child’s social communication skills and stage of communication
  • Use the above information to set realistic and appropriate communication goals collaboratively with the SLP
  • Use everyday routines and play activities as contexts for building the child’s social and communication skills
  • Structure the child’s environment to increase his motivation and opportunities to communicate
  • Facilitate the development of social communication, including joint attention, within pleasurable, extended interactions
  • Facilitate the development of imitation
  • Use visual aids and print to build the child’s understanding
  • Fine-tune their language input to foster expressive and receptive language development
  • Facilitate their child’s play skills
  • Help their child make friends

To read about the research and empirical evidence behind More Than Words, click on the link below:

► Option to obtain a license to offer Hanen Programs via telepractice

Now you can expand the way you provide intervention by offering Hanen Programs via telepractice! Once certified in More Than Words, you have the option to purchase a license to offer a new modified version of the program that has been optimized for online delivery. Designed by Hanen's expert SLPs, the telepractice version of More Than Words:

  • maintains best practice elements of Hanen programs
  • removes logistical barriers such as travel and venue
  • supports families in their natural home environments 
  • allows you to reach more families than ever before

The telepractice program has been designed with resources to ensure SLPs have the best technical and clinical knowhow they need to offer this program. For a one-time fee of USD$34.95 for worldwide purchasers and CAD$39.49 for Canada (price includes HST of 13% for all provinces) per program, you will receive:

  • step-by-step manuals and instructive guides to provide ongoing support to you while you are running the program.
  • modified program session slides that have been optimized for online delivery of the group program.
  • training videos that show you what Hanen Programs offered via telepractice look like in action and help you prepare to offer the program online.
  • a license that gives More Than Words-certified SLPs access to offer the program via telepractice. This license is renewed annually with your Hanen membership, at no additional cost.

► Practical tools and strategies for building functional, social communication

The More Than Words workshop provides the speech-language pathologist with highly practical tools for helping parents understand their child’s challenges and strengths and well-defined strategies for building both social and communication skills. Participants learn how to show parents how to accommodate their child's sensory preferences, provide the structure and predictability that help their child learn, and integrate the strategies that support their child's social interaction and communication into everyday activities and routines. With this support, parents become engaged and empowered.

The workshop includes program resources that can be used to:

  • Lead More Than Words® – The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties – The workshop includes all the materials you need to offer this evidence-based program to groups of families. The entire program is packaged, planned and manualized to make it as simple and straightforward as possible to facilitate for families.
  • Support home programming and therapy sessions More Than Words strategies can be easily integrated into one-to-one consultations and home programming.

For a complete list of workshop materials, see the More Than Words FAQ.

► Hanen license and membership: Ongoing opportunities to build your clinical skills

The More Than Words workshop registration fee includes a one-year, renewable Hanen membership designed to continually develop your clinical skills. Membership benefits include access to further professional development opportunities, online trainings, online member meetings on clinical topics with senior Hanen clinical staff, continuous research updates, networking opportunities and member-only promotions. Since the license is bundled with the membership, you will need to renew your Hanen membership annually for a low fee in order to continue offering Hanen Programs.

For more information on Hanen membership, click here.

► Earn professional development hours

This workshop is registered for 2.20 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area). Full attendance and participation during the three 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 More Than Words® – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and accompanying resources, and there will be limited or no information provided about similar products or services.

Taking the More Than Words® Certification Workshop

To find a More Than Words workshop that's convenient for you, take a look at the links below.