Academic Presentation

The Hanen Academic Presentation offers students a window into what effective parent-implemented intervention looks like and how they might apply it once they’re out in the field. So far, we’ve delivered this presentation at over 200 universities around the world as part of our Student Outreach Initiative.


  Live online presentation
  2.5 hours              


  Speech-language pathology
  students and faculty


 What’s included

  • Rationale for involving parents in their child’s early language intervention
  • Overview of It Takes Two to Talk® – the Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays
  • Assessment and collaborative goal setting with parents of young children with language delays
  • Introduction to adult education and to Hanen’s teaching-learning cycle that facilitates parents’ learning of responsive interaction strategies
  • A simulation of teaching parents a strategy during a group session using the teaching-learning cycle
  • Introduction to videotaping with feedback as a tool to facilitate parents’ consistent and independent application of responsive strategies during everyday interactions with their child
  • A summary of efficacy studies on parent-implemented early language intervention and the It Takes Two to Talk® Program


Interactive and engaging learning

We work hard to make the presentation as practical and interactive as possible by including:

  • Analysis of video examples of parents applying responsive interaction strategies with their children in everyday situations.
  • Clinical case studies
  • Breakout group sessions in which students brainstorm and problem-solve around clinical decision-making and goal setting.
  • Video demonstration of part of a video feedback session.
  • Discussions, polls and opportunities to ask questions.
  • Video examples of parents talking about their experiences in It Takes Two to Talk® – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays.

What professors say

“Thank you SO much for [this] presentation. The students left feeling empowered to incorporate family-centered approaches in their clinical services. They learned a ton and several are interested in pursuing full certification after graduation. We really appreciate this offering from the Hanen Centre. Thank you again for your excellent presentation.

– Jessica Lynn Danley, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS @ University of Arkansas

“Thank you for your excellent presentation to our 1st year graduate students. You were informative, approachable, and engaging. The students learned a great deal that they can take with them for years to come. We appreciate you and The Hanen Centre for providing this service to our students.”

– Dr. Samantha McDaniel @ Georgia Southern University

“My students LOVED listening to [the presenter], Dash! During our next class many of the students reported that they were so appreciative of the way he was able to make it so interactive, and they took note of how he used their names consistently. Our class is all about early intervention and as a Hanen person myself, I frequently stress the importance of parent-implemented intervention. Having this reinforced in Dash's talk solidified this idea for them!”

– Dr. Tricia Carter @ East Carolina University

Who will benefit from the presentation?

This presentation is designed for students who have completed, or who are presently taking, a course in child language disorders. 

Interested in a presentation for your students?

Send us an email at [email protected] to schedule a date and time that works for you.

We’re excited to meet your students and help prepare them for involving families in their clinical practice!