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TalkAbility Advanced Workshop for Speech-language Pathologists

If you work with children ages 3-7 with high-functioning autism, The Hanen Centre has a one-of-a-kind training opportunity that can help you address the central challenge these children face: developing a theory of mind.

Based on cutting-edge research on what helps these children learn best, the TalkAbility™ Advanced Workshop provides you with the framework and strategies you need to help parents foster the higher-level language and social skills required to have successful conversations and social relationships. You'll learn how to help parents make the most of their child’s unique strengths and preferences to promote empathy, conversational skills and perspective-taking during everyday routines and activities. 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.

Why Take the TalkAbility Advanced Workshop?

►To gain an approach that has simplified complex research into user-friendly information that is easy for parents to grasp

TalkAbility fills a longstanding gap in services for verbal children on the autism spectrum. The strategies parents learn from TalkAbility enable them to understand what their children need in order to develop the social skills that make their interactions with others more socially appropriate.

►To teach a cutting-edge program to parents

The TalkAbility workshop certifies you to lead TalkAbility™ -- The Hanen Program for Parents of Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum. TalkAbility was developed by The Hanen Centre’s speech-language pathologists who specialize in the communication and social development of children with autism. TalkAbility is different from most intervention programs for children with autism because it shows parents how to help their child develop a theory of mind, or perspective-taking – one of the core deficits underlying the communication and social challenges of ASD.

Based on the most current research in the field, the TalkAbility Program shows parents how they can use everyday routines to help their child understand the true meanings behind words, recognize other people’s points of view and have successful conversations with others.

When you offer the TalkAbility Program to parents, you’ll be empowering them to:

  • Help their child develop empathy
  • Encourage their child to pay attention to the social messages people send non-verbally
  • Help their child have extended, back-and-forth conversations
  • Talk so their child can tune in to what others are thinking
  • Help their child tell stories and play imaginatively
  • Help their child make friends 

To view a detailed research summary and reference list for TalkAbility, 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 TalkAbility can reach more families than ever before.

With the telepractice license, professionals can offer TalkAbility 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 TalkAbility certification workshop, you will be eligible to obtain an additional telepractice license to run the program online. The telepractice model for TalkAbility 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 TalkAbility-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 TalkAbility workshop today to qualify for the license.

► To gain user-friendly resources for use in your TalkAbility Programs, as well as in your clinical practice

At the TalkAbility Advanced Workshop, you’ll receive all the materials you need to offer the TalkAbility Program for parents and to supplement individual consultations and home programming. 

For a list of resources received at the workshop, visit the TalkAbility Workshop FAQ.


►To earn professional development hours

This workshop is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area). Full attendance and participation during the two days is required. This workshop focuses specifically on the TalkAbility™ program and accompanying resources and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services.

►To gain ongoing professional support

As a Hanen member certified in TalkAbility, you'll receive frequent updates on the latest news and research concerning theory of mind development in early childhood autism and the TalkAbility Program. The Program Director and Hanen team will also be there to support you and answer any questions you may have about leading the program or using the resources.

Taking the TalkAbility Workshop

TheTalkAbility Advanced Workshop is open to speech-language pathologists who:

  • Have taken the prerequisite workshop More Than Words®; and
  • Have current Hanen membership.

To find a TalkAbility workshop near you, visit the Workshop Schedule at the link below.