How Hanen Helps Speech-Language Pathologists who Work with Young Children with Language Delays

As speech-language pathologists, we know that for early language intervention to be highly effective, we need to involve and inform parents. Empowering parents to help their children is an essential ingredient in the success of our early language intervention practice. But getting parents involved in their child’s language intervention is not enough. We need to consider specifically how we involve these parents.

Parents are adult learners with unique goals, life experiences and knowledge. They want help that’s practical and relevant to their needs and the specific communication needs of their child.

To successfully involve parents in their child’s early language 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.

Hanen has developed an approach specifically for families of children with language delays, grounded in research and based on principles of adult education.

It Takes Two to Talk® Certification Workshop

The It Takes Two to Talk Certification Workshop gives you the tools to work effectively with parents in your everyday clinical work and certifies you to lead the It Takes Two to Talk Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays. You’ll learn the fundamentals of adult education and how these are applied to helping parents become their child's primary language facilitator. You'll also go home with all the resources needed to lead the program – resources which you can also put to use in your consultations with parents.

To learn more about how the It takes Two to Talk workshop helps speech-language pathologists, and to view a testimonial from a workshop participant, click on the following link:

Target Word® Workshop

Once you are certified in It Takes Two to Talk, you may also be interested in taking Target Word®, an Advanced Hanen Workshop that certifies you to offer the Target Word Program for parents. Specifically designed for parents of children who are late talkers, this early intervention program teaches parents how to help their child use words and build his expressive vocabulary during everyday routines and activities.

Click the link below to learn more about how the Target Word workshop helps speech-language pathologists:


It Takes Two to Talk® Resources

If you find you’re unable to take the It Takes Two to Talk workshop, the It takes Two to Talk guidebook and DVD can still be easily integrated into your home programming for parents and into your speech therapy sessions. With dozens of illustrated and real-life video examples of strategies in action, these resources teach parents simple ways to help their child learn language in everyday situations.

To learn more about how the It Takes Two to Talk parent guidebook and DVD resources help speech-language pathologists, click on the following link: