Frequently Asked Questions

Target Word™ Advanced Workshop


Q: Who can take the Target Word workshop?

A: This workshop is open to speech-language pathologists/therapists who:

Q: What is the workshop format and agenda?

A: The Target Word workshop is currently offered online and may be presented as two full days or four half days. In a small group setting, SLPs participate in experiential, hands-on activities as the instructor guides them through the process of:

  • identifying children who are late talkers and who will benefit from intervention; and
  • leading a Target Word Program for parents.

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Q: What are the workshop fees?

A: Fees vary from workshop to workshop. Please visit the individual workshop registration pages for Early Bird and regular fees.


Q: What materials are used during the workshop?

A: Before the start of the workshop, participants gain access to all the digital materials they need to fully participate in the interactive, online training. This includes:

  • Workshop guided notes
  • Sample pdf of the Target Word Parent Handbook
  • MacArthur Bates Communicative Development Inventories
  • Interactive workshop handouts
  • Access to the parent tutorial (a 20-minute online video that helps parents understand the criteria for choosing target words.)

Q: What materials do I receive once I've completed the workshop?

A: Once certified, participants gain access to the following materials required to lead the Target Word program:

  • Target Word Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide – a session-by-session guide outlining how to offer the program, including pre-program assessment forms and fidelity checklists.
  • Target Word program slides with embedded videos – contains video examples of parents and children for use in each program session.
  • Link to the parent tutorial, Thinking About Possible Target Words for Your Child – parents watch this tutorial as part of the program.
  • Fidelity Checklists – Used when offering the program to families to ensure treatment fidelity.
  • A personal copy of the Target Word Parent Handbook – Each family participating in a Target Word program needs their own copy of the parent handbook. Once you are certified, you will be able to contact Hanen Customer Service to receive your personal copy at no cost.

Q: Do I become certified after attending this workshop?

A: Yes, participants bcome certified, upon signing a Cooperative Agreement, to lead the in-person version of Target Word™— The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children Who Are Late Talkers.  Full attendance at the workshop is required in order to receive your certification, and you must renew your Hanen membership annually in order to maintain the certification.

Note: There is a separate license, available upon certification, to offer the program via telepractice.

Q: Is there anything I need to do before I come to the workshop?

A: Yes. Before attending the workshop, all registrants must complete a Pre-workshop Assignment, which includes gathering information about a specific child's expressive language skills. A link to the assignment will be sent to you after registration.

Q: Is there anything I need to do before I come to the workshop?

A: The Target Word 1 to 1 Program is available to Target Word certified SLPs. When you purchase this one-time license ($34.99) you receive all the resource adaptations for working with families individually. The program content and strategies have been organized into one hour sessions. To ensure clinicians meet the needs of individual families, the option to have only the parent or the parent and child present is built into each session.


Q: How many continuing education credits will I receive?

A: The two-day Target Word workshop is offered for 1.45 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area) or 14.5 professional development hours. The four half-day workshop is offered for 1.85 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area) or 18.5 professional development hours.


Q: What are the workshop instructor’s qualifications?

A: Target Word workshop instructors are speech-language pathologists who have successfully completed in-depth training from The Hanen Centre on how to train other SLPs to lead Target Word programs and implement the Hanen approach in clinical practice. These instructors also offer Target Word programs to parents on a regular basis as part of their clinical work.

Q: How can I find a Target Word workshop?

A: Visit the workshop schedule. If there are no workshops currently scheduled in your area, sign up for email notification so you’ll be informed as soon as a workshop becomes available

Q: What are the technical requirements to attend an online workshop?

A: You will need:
  • a computer/laptop/desktop/tablet. Each participant must have their own individual device to attend the workshop.
  • reliable internet connection (wired if possible)
  • speakers
  • microphone
  • webcam
  • two screens are recommended — one to attend the online class and the other for session handouts. You also have the option to print out handouts.

  You can find a full list of technical details for Zoom here.

Q: For an in-person workshop, am I responsible for my own accommodations?

A: Yes, in-person workshop participants must research and arrange their own travel and accommodations.

Q: I am not an SLP but I am interested in Hanen strategies for myself or my organization. What can I do?

  • Arrange for a presentation – The Hanen Centre's professional staff speaks at a variety of venues throughout the year including professional conferences, symposiums, and conventions. For more information on bringing a presentation to your organization or community, please email [email protected].
  • Attend a Hanen e-Seminar – A variety of online training opportunities are open to non-SLP professionals who work with young children and their families. See a list of Hanen e-Seminars here.
  • Use Hanen resources – The guidebooks used by parents and educators in Hanen Programs are available for purchase on their own. These guidebooks, along with their accompanying companion DVDs, offer highly practical, research-based strategies for promoting communication development in young children. Learn more about Hanen resources.