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Frequently Asked Questions

Target Word™ Advanced Workshop


Q: Who can take the Target Word workshop?

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

Q: What are the workshop objectives?

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

  • Lead the Target Word Program for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers.
  • Describe the content and format of the Target Word Program.
  • Describe the research on late talkers and the rationale for the development of the Target Word Program.
  • Apply the criteria used to determine if children and their families are recommended to attend the Target Word program.
  • Identify the key language facilitation strategies parents learn in the Target Word Program.
  • Apply the guidelines for choosing target words for individual children.
  • Discuss the rationale for the focused stimulation strategy and how this strategy is incorporated into the Target Word Program.
  • Describe the process of video feedback and its importance in effecting behaviour change.
  • Explain the differences in the clinical approaches of ‘Wait and See’, ‘Watch and See’ and early intervention for children who are Late Talkers.

Q: What is the workshop format and agenda?

A: Target Word 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 Target Word Program. Principles of adult learning and family-centered practice are incorporated throughout.

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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 Target Word resources, including:

  • Target Word Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide – a session-by-session guide outlining how to offer the program, including pre-program assessment forms and program handouts and checklists.
  • Target Word Parent Handbook – This individualized workbook is used by parents throughout the program, and provides a 'diary' of parent and child involvement and change.
  • Target Word program slides DVD with embedded video clips – contains parent testimonials and video examples of parents and children for use in each program session.
  • Fidelity checklists – These checklists ensure treatment fidelity and are provided for each session and each individual appointment.

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 Target Word™ — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers). 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 1.45 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 Target Word® 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: How can I find a Target Word 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: What are the technical requirements to attend an online workshop?

A: You will need:
  • a computer/laptop/desktop/tablet. Each participant must have their own individual device to attend the worskhop.
  • reliable internet connection (wired if possible)
  • speakers
  • microphone
  • webcam
  • two screens are recommended — one to attend the online class and the other for session handouts. You also have the option to print out handouts.

  You can find a full list of technical details for Zoom here.

Q: For an in-person workshop, am I responsible for my own accommodations?

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

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

  • Arrange for a presentation – The Hanen Centre's professional staff speaks at a variety of venues throughout the year including professional conferences, symposiums, and conventions. For more information on bringing a presentation to your organization or community, please email
  • Attend a Hanen e-Seminar – A variety of online training opportunities are open to non-SLP professionals who work with young children and their families. See a list of Hanen e-Seminars here.
  • Use Hanen resources – The guidebooks used by parents and educators in Hanen Programs are available for purchase on their own. These guidebooks, along with their accompanying companion DVDs, offer highly practical, research-based strategies for promoting communication development in young children. Learn more about Hanen resources.