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Frequently Asked Questions

TalkAbility™ Advanced Workshop

Q: Who can take the TalkAbility workshop?

A: This workshop is open to speech-language pathologists/therapists who:

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

Q: What are the workshop objectives?

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

  • Lead TalkAbility™ – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Identify the structure, format and content of TalkAbility and how this program differs from More Than Words®.
  • Teach parents language facilitation strategies that are specifically adapted to the needs of children with ASD.
  • Describe the interaction strategies specific to TalkAbility and how to facilitate parents' learning and application of these strategies through use of the 4P Teaching-Learning Cycle.
  • Set individual communication goals for children in the TalkAbility program, based on the program content.
  • Apply previous knowledge to the TalkAbility video feedback sessions, recognizing how the role of the SLP differs from that in More Than Words.
  • Apply the program content to one-to-one therapy sessions.

Q: What is the workshop format and agenda?

A: TalkAbility 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 leading a TalkAbility Program. Principles of adult learning and family-centered practice are incorporated throughout.

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 TalkAbility resources, including:

  • TalkAbility Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide – This step-by-step guide lays out the entire parent program for you, and includes all the handouts and checklists you’ll require to run the program
  • TalkAbility program slides DVD with embedded video clips – This DVD contains the presentation slides for all sessions of the program, and includes real-life video examples of parents using TalkAbility strategies.
  • TalkAbility: People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum (Sussman, 2006) -- The parent guidebook is used alongside the program to reinforce what parents learn and to provide them with additional ideas for interacting with their children to help them build social communication skills.
  • An Introduction to Hanen DVD – This DVD is used by the SLP to provide a brief introduction for parents to the Hanen approach.

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 to lead TalkAbility™ — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum). To maintain their certification, SLPs must renew their Hanen membership annually.

Note: Full attendance at all days of the workshop is required in order to receive your certification.

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 1.3 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.

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 to lead Hanen Programs and implement the Hanen approach in clinical practice. 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 TalkAbility Program to groups of families. Will the workshop still be useful to me?

A: Yes. While the workshop focuses on the delivery of the program, TalkAbility resources and strategies can be easily integrated into your daily work in the following ways:

  • Providing a framework for one-to-one therapy sessions for children with high-functioning autism with video examples so parents can see the strategies in action.
  • Goal-setting – Checklists included in the TalkAbility Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide help clinicians set goals for each child based on their developmental stage.
  • Supplementing home programming by providing pictures and information about what’s being done in therapy.

Q: Am I responsible for my own accommodations?

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

Q: How can I find a TalkAbility 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: I am not an SLP, but I am interested in TalkAbility strategies for myself or my organization. What can I do?