Making Book Reading a Time for Interaction and Conversation

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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

Research has shown that adding opportunities for interaction and conversation during book reading can foster critical emergent literacy skills in infants and preschoolers. But how do parents and professionals do this effectively? What are some specific practical techniques for turning book reading into a conversation?

This e-Seminar introduces Hanen’s concrete strategies for promoting developmentally appropriate emergent literacy skills during shared book reading. These strategies are drawn from Hanen programs for parents and educators and are designed to foster:

  • joint attention
  • narrative comprehension
  • literal and/or inferential language comprehension
  • expressive and receptive vocabulary

Participants can implement these strategies in their day-to-day work or share them with parents and early childhood educators as an important component in the promotion of early literacy.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the link between book reading and the development of emergent literacy skills, and explain why interaction in this context is critical to the development of these skills
  • Select books that are conducive to interactive book reading
  • Apply specific interactive strategies to book reading to facilitate interaction and literacy learning in both group and one-to-one contexts
  • Share interactive strategies with parents and early childhood educators


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 the facilitation of early language and literacy development and will include no or limited information on other similar or related products or services.
  • 2 professional development hours

Presenter Info

Financial: Tamara Stein, M.Sc.(A)–SLP(C) is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with young children and their families since 2009. In her work at The Hanen Centre, Tamara contributed to the development of a variety of programs and resources. She now leads It Takes Two to Talk® and SPARK Communication™ workshops. She also uses Hanen resources in her clinical work with families and offers It Takes Two to Talk®, More Than Words®, I’m Ready™, TalkAbility™ and ABC and Beyond™ programs to parents and educators. Non-financial: No other relevant non-financial relationships exist.


  • Professionals who work with young children and their families
  • Speech-language pathology and early childhood education students

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