Hanen is a child and family focused approach for children aged birth to 6 years. They offer many programs. Our favourites include: It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words and Talkability. Our Therapists routinely integrate the approach and key concepts in the child's individual sessions. In addition, we may periodically offer the parent training programs - 'More than Words' and 'Talkability' (detailed below). The programs are run based on parent demand. Your child need not receive services at our centre for you to attend the parent training program. Please contact the centre if interested.

The More Than Words ® Program

Is one of the many parent training programs founded by the Hanen Centre® of Canada designed specifically for children with Social Communication challenges including Autism. The program is ideal for children aged 1 year to 6 years. Parents will learn a number of strategies that help to improve their child's interaction and communication skills, including:

  • The different ways their child communicates
  • The next steps to take to foster their child’s language learning
  • How to turn everyday activities into opportunities for their child to learn to communicate
  • How to talk so their child can understand
  • How to respond to their child in ways that enhance language learning
  • How to develop their child’s play skills and use these as opportunities for language learning
  • Why their child behaves in certain ways and what they can do about these behaviours
The More Than Words ® Program

Program Duration and Format

The program is conducted over 14 weeks. Parents are required to attend weekly parent sessions, interspersed with individual clinic visits. The parent sessions are focused on teaching strategies. The small group size allows for better interaction. The individual clinic video-visits check application and progress of the individual child. The individual video feedback helps you see what is working and what else you can do. Before starting the program each child/family must attend an individual pre-program consultation to assess the child's current communication skills and set goals to work on within the program.

TALKABILITY™

The most recent of the parent training programs developed by the Hanen Centre ® of Canada. This program is targeted at high functioning verbal children who are talking but have diffculties relating. The program is ideal for children aged 3 years to 7 years. The focus is on helping parents support their child's 'people skills' including:

  • How your child carries on conversation and the next steps to take to help him have back-and-forth conversations
  • How to encourage your child to pay attention to the social messages people send non-verbally
  • How to talk so your child can tune in to what others are thinking
  • How to help your child tell stories and play imaginatively
  • How to help your child make friends

Program Duration and Format

The program is conducted over 3 months. Parents are required to attend weekly parent sessions, interspersed with individual clinic visits. The parent sessions are focused on teaching strategies. The small group size allows for better interaction. Individual clinic video-visits check application and progress of the individual child. The individual video feeback helps you evaluate what is working and what else you can do. Before starting the program each child/ family must attend an individual pre-program consultation to assess the child's current people skills and set goals to work on within the program.

For more information visit www.hanen.org