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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...

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?

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

The More Than Words 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 can also be purchased to deliver a new modified version of this program via telepractice that has been optimized for online delivery.

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:

► Get a license to offer Hanen Programs via telepractice

Now you can transform the way you provide intervention with Hanen Programs offered via telepractice! Make a bigger difference to children’s communication development when you offer Hanen Programs online. Modified and enhanced by Hanen's expert SLPs, the telepractice version of More Than Words can reach more families than ever before.

With the telepractice license, professionals can offer More Than Words completely online, which means there are no logistical worries regarding travel or location for you or the families you’re working with. The highly accessible format of Hanen Programs offered via telepractice inherently supports families in their natural home environment, without compromising on the results of the program.

Once you’ve completed the More Than Words certification workshop, you will be eligible to obtain an additional telepractice license to run the program online. The telepractice model for More Than Words has been developed and piloted to maintain the best-practice elements of Hanen Programs.

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.

Maximize your impact on children’s communication development with the telepractice license. Sign up for a More Than Words workshop today to qualify for the license.

► 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 offered 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 the More Than Words® Program 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 take the first step toward helping parents achieve the best possible outcome for their child with autism, visit the Workshop Schedule to find a training near you.