TalkAbility™ Advanced Workshop

Available formats:

More Than Words® certification and current Hanen membership

15 participants

PD hours or credits:
13.5 PD hours/ 1.35 ASHA CEUs


About this workshop

Are you looking for strategies to promote extended conversations and social skills in autistic children who speak in sentences?

The TalkAbility™ Advanced Workshop offers a research-based framework for supporting parents to promote their child's social skills and language abilities. You'll learn how to help parents and children find more joy and connection in their interactions and understand each other's perspectives, as well as how to support the child's conversations with both adults and peers. As with all Hanen programs, these goals are accomplished while building upon and respecting the child's unique strengths and interests and making the most of their existing everyday routines and activities.

Workshop components

Part 1 – Pre-workshop Assignment
Before the training, you'll complete an assignment to prepare you for full participation in the workshop. You'll learn about what the research says about children meeting the criteria for a TalkAbility program, and you'll start thinking about how the content may apply to a particular child on your caseload.

Part 2 – Virtual, interactive training
The TalkAbility workshop includes two full days of highly interactive and personalized learning. You’ll participate in discussions and small group activities with other participants as your Hanen instructor guides you through the process of teaching parents in the context of both a TalkAbility Program and your everyday clinical practice. You’ll be able to practice and reflect on parts of the teaching process within small groups and receive feedback from your peers and the instructor.

View the TalkAbility workshop agenda

Note on attendance: All Hanen workshops require participants to attend all days of the workshop in full, as indicated on the workshop registration page. Full attendance and participation is required in order to be awarded certification and a license to offer the TalkAbility Program.

What’s included

This workshop certifies you to:
    1. Lead the evidence-based TalkAbility Program for Parents of Autistic Children Who Are Speaking in Sentences and Having Conversations

    In this program, parents learn how to use everyday routines and interactions to help their child understand the true meanings behind words, recognize other people’s points of view, and have successful conversations with others.

    Learn more about the program
    Read the research behind the program

    2. Use TalkAbility program materials in one-to-one contexts

    You’ll be able to use TalkAbility resources in your individual therapy sessions and everyday clinical practice.

    3. Obtain a license to offer TalkAbility via telepractice

    Once you've completed the TalkAbility workshop, you can obtain an additional license for a nominal fee to offer the program to families via telepractice. The telepractice version of TalkAbility maintains the best practice elements of in-person Hanen programs while increasing accessibility of the program to families.

Practical materials
Once certified, you will gain access to:

  • TalkAbility Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide – This detailed guide includes all the information, handouts and checklists you need to lead the program and support your individual therapy sessions.
  • TalkAbility program slides with embedded video clips – These downloadable resources include the presentation slides for all sessions of the program and include real-life video examples of parents using TalkAbility strategies.

Learning objectives 

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Lead TalkAbility™ – The Hanen Program® for Parents of Autistic Children Who Are Speaking in Sentences and Having Conversations.
  • Describe the structure, format and content of the TalkAbility program and how this program differs from the Hanen More Than Words® Program.
  • Define and identify children who meet the criteria for a TalkAbility program.
  • Describe current research on the development of social cognition and how this applies to children within a TalkAbility program.
  • Select appropriate social communication goals based on assessment of the child's social and communication skills.
  • Describe the TalkAbility strategies and how these strategies help children appropriate for TalkAbility achieve their social communication goals.
  • Review how to facilitate parents' learning of the TalkAbility strategies through the use of the 4P Teaching-Learning Cycle.
  • Review and apply the video feedback learning process to facilitate parents' application of the TalkAbility strategies within everyday activities with their children.


“What I really like is how [Hanen has] taken the theory of mind research, which is fairly complex and hard for some parents to grasp, and really put it into a package that is going to be easy to share and, I think, easy for [parents] to understand. That’s going to make a huge difference for the kids.”

"This workshop was really great! It got me thinking about being so much more intentional in focusing on 'tuning in' and strategies to help with that."


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