First Steps – A Diagnostic Intervention for Toddlers with Suspected Motor Speech Difficulties

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Regular $84.95
Hanen Member $45.00
Group $595 for a group of 15 ($40 per additional person)
ASHA CEUs   This session is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Arena)

Format: Recorded video
Access: 30 days unlimited

Course Overview

First Steps examines the similarities in the communication profiles of children who are late to talk, and highlights why it can be difficult to determine the presence of a motor speech difficulty.

The e-Seminar reviews the literature’s guidelines for intervening for very young, expressive language delayed children and discusses how Target Word® - The Hanen Program for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers fulfills the recommended criteria for initial intervention.

Participants view videotaped examples of children at initial assessment and at program completion to demonstrate how a child's response to the intervention guides clinical decision-making regarding next steps.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this 2 hour e-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the similarities in the clinical profiles of children who:
    • are late talkers
    • may have motor speech difficulties
  • List the responsive caregiver strategies that help to create a supportive, safe, communicative environment for young children
  • Chose initial vocabulary targets to facilitate specific motor speech movements
  • Plan next steps in interventions for young children who are late to talk using clinical information following a diagnostic intervention


Professional Development Hours

  • This seminar (Introductory Level, Professional Area) is registered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs. Full attendance and participation during the two hours is required. This course focuses on aspects of the Hanen approach to early language intervention and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services.
  • 2 professional development hours

Presenter Info

Financial: Cindy Earle, M.A. S-LP (C), CCC, was Program Director for the Target Word™ Program at The Hanen Centre. Her responsibilities included leading Target Word™ workshops and developing resources and materials for use in Target Word™ workshops and other related trainings. Cindy also developed resources for Target Word™ - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children who Are Late Talkers and is co-author of the Target Word™ Leaders Guide and Target Word™ Parent Handbook. The Hanen Centre holds the copyright to these materials and Cindy receives no financial benefit from the sale of these materials. Non-financial: No other relevant non-financial relationships exist.


  • Professionals who work with young children and their families

Note: If you are a parent, this e-Seminar will not meet your learning needs. Find out how Hanen can help you.

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