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Make Coaching Easier! How 4 Hanen SLP/Ts are creatively using the Parent Workbook

Make Coaching Easier! How 4 Hanen SLP/Ts are creatively using the Parent Workbook

By Cindy Conklin, It Takes Two to Talk® Program Director



One of the best parts of my job as the program director of It Takes Two to Talk® (ITTT) is connecting with members – like yourself – to find out about how you are using the ITTT strategies and coaching principles in your work with families.  These conversations are so important and always include your feedback about what we can do here at Hanen to further support your clinical practice.   Resoundingly, many of you have said that you want more ITTT resources that you can use flexibly with families in a variety of clinical contexts. 

We hear you!  

The ITTT Parent Workbook was developed to help meet your needs, making it easier for you to involve parents as key players in their child’s early language intervention.  It is based on the information from the It Takes Two to Talk Guidebook and is filled with checklists, activities and home plans for parents to complete.  Under your guidance and coaching, parents use the activities in the workbook to create ‘a personalized intervention diary’ for their child.  Parents say they love being able to see the changes in their child because they have documented their child’s progress throughout their workbook – and you say that you love that parents can see the changes in themselves and how this is impacting their child! 

[The ITTT parent workbook] is filled with checklists, activities and home plans for parents to complete.  Under your guidance and coaching, parents use the activities in the workbook to create ‘a personalized intervention diary’ for their child.
Many of you have also told me that one of the most helpful things about the workbook is how you can use the observation guides and checklists to help parents identify what their child is doing now – so that you can talk to them about what to expect their child to do next. In this way, you are using the activities in the workbook to increase parent’s awareness of their child’s current abilities so that you can involve them and talk to them about their child’s ‘next steps’ or ‘goals’ in the areas of interaction, language, play and book skills.


But don’t take my word for it!  Read about how your fellow members are using the It Takes Two to Talk Parent workbook in different ways to support families on their caseloads.  You’ll read about Nancy Johnson and her team in British Columbia who are using the workbook in 1:1 coaching sessions with families, as well as, Edwin Lawrence and his team who are using the workbook during home visits with families in Malaysia.  Learn about how Tracy Rait-Parkes used the workbook in a small parent-child playgroup, and how Kelly Millar uses the workbook in an approved, adapted It Takes Two to Talk program. 

If you would like to share how you are using the parent workbook in your own clinical practice, please join the Hanen discussion forum. We’d love to keep the conversation going and share ideas with you.

Happy reading!

Cindy

Using the Parent Workbook in 1:1 Sessions with Families

Nancy Johnson is a speech-language pathologist in British Columbia, Canada, with extensive experience in working with young children and their families. She is a Hanen instructor and long-time Hanen member, who uses It Takes Two to Talk resources in her clinical work with families, as well as offering It Takes Two to Talk Programs as part of the clinical services offered to clients at her workplace, Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre.  

Click here to read about how Nancy uses the Parent Workbook
 


Edwin Lawrence is a speech-language pathologist and director of Speech Therapy Answers in Malaysia.  Read about how Edwin and his team are using the ITTT Parent Workbook during home visits with families:   



Click here to read about how Edwin uses the Parent Workbook

 



Using the Parent Workbook in a Parent-Child Playgroup

Tracy Rait-Parkes is a Hanen Instructor and speech-language pathologist working for the Language Express, Preschool Speech Language Services in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties in Ontario, Canada.  She primarily offers Hanen programs to young children with a wide variety of communication delays and their families.  

Click here to read about how Tracy uses the Parent Workbook


Using the Parent Workbook in an Approved, Adapted ITTT Program

Kelly Millar is a speech-language pathologist working for a preschool language system in Lanark County in Ontario, Canada.  She serves children who are 0 – 5 years of age in a rural catchment area.  She sees children with a variety of speech, language, social-pragmatic and global delays.  She provides service primarily in a clinic setting but also sees children in their natural environments as needed (daycare, home, school).

Click here to read about how Kelly uses the Parent Workbook
 


I hope you enjoyed reading about how Kelly, Tracy, Edwin, and Nancy use the It Takes Two to Talk® Parent Workbook in their practices. If you would like to learn more about the Parent Workbook, click here. If you would like to order the workbook, please click the following: one copyset of 5, set of 10.
If you have any questions about the Parent Workbook, or if you would like to share your experiences using the workbook with others, please visit the ITTT Parent Workbook thread on the discussion forum.

Thanks for reading!