How Hanen Helps Speech-Language Pathologists who Work with Children on the Autism Spectrum

As speech-language professionals working with children on the autism spectrum, we know that the most effective early intervention strategy is one that involves parents. While we know this to be important, how we involve parents is equally important.

Parents are adult learners with specific needs, goals, life experiences and knowledge. They want practical help from us, and they want it to be relevant to themselves and their child.

To successfully involve parents in their child’s early intervention, we need to be familiar with the principles of adult education and their application to our work with parents. We need to establish a partnership with parents in a way that strengthens their capability to help their child. This is what Hanen does best.

To help families of children with on the autism spectrum, Hanen developed More Than Words® and TalkAbility –  family-focused programs that shows parents how they can effectively build their child's communication skills during everyday routines and activities. Grounded in research and based on principles of adult education, these evidence-based programs are offered by Hanen Certified SLPs all around the world.

The More Than Words® Certification Workshop

In this highly interactive workshop, SLPs gain a comprehensive framework for working effectively with families of children on the autism spectrum. The workshop certifies you to lead the More Than Words Program for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum and provides you with a set of outstanding resources for working with parents in both group one-to-one settings.

Once certified in More Than Words, SLPs become eligible to attend TalkAbility™ – the Advanced Hanen Workshop for supporting the higher-level language skills required for successful conversations and relationships.

Learn more about the More Than Words Certification Workshop

The TalkAbility™ Certification Workshop

The TalkAbility Advanced Workshop certifies you to lead the TalkAbility program for parents. You’ll learn the most effective ways to empower parents to use everyday routines and interactions to build the social skills and special language abilities required for more successful back-and-forth conversations and relationships.

Learn more about the TalkAbility workshop.


Autism resources

The Hanen Centre offers highly practical, parent-friendly guidebook and DVD resources than can be easily integrated into home programming and speech therapy sessions. With dozens of illustrated and real-life video examples of strategies in action, these resources show parents simple ways to help their child learn in everyday situations.

More Than Words resources

TalkAbility resources





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