Building Children's Speech and Language Skills

Speech & Language Programs

The following information on Hanen Programs® is taken from

It Takes Two to Talk® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays
The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of children ages five and under who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together. Learn more: -

More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
As a parent, you know how challenging it can be for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder or social communication difficulties to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around him. The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential. Learn more: -

Target Word® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers
If your child is under the age of 30 months and you’ve noticed that he frequently communicates messages and ideas to you, but does not use as many words as other children his age, the Target Word Program may be able to help. This program was specifically designed for groups of parents of children under the age of 30 months who are using few words or who, by the age of 24 months, are not using several two-word combinations. These children understand what they are told, have good play and turn-taking skills, and have no trouble learning everyday routines. But when it comes to using words, their vocabulary is limited. Learn more: -

TalkAbility™ — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum
Whether or not they have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, all children continue to develop their social communication skills in their preschool years. Around the age of 3, they use language to talk not only about the present, but about the past and the future, and also to problem solve. Their conversations sound more adult-like: they consider their partner’s interests by making a comment or asking a question about what the other person has said, and they listen to and look at their partner when he or she talks. The early years are especially crucial for verbal children on the autism spectrum because they still face special communication challenges.

Often, these children find it difficult to:

  • Have conversations with others
  • Play with children their own age
  • Talk about things that interest someone else
  • Change a routine without becoming frustrated

If you’ve noticed more than one of these difficulties in your child, the TalkAbility Program can help you. Specifically designed for parents of verbal children ages 3-7 with social communication difficulties, the TalkAbility Program teaches you practical ways to help your child learn people skills. Learn more:

Our Programs for Early Childhood Educators

Learning Language and Loving It™ - The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators
In any preschool classroom, the needs of students can be very diverse, and some students can be much harder to engage and teach than others. This makes your job as an early childhood educator difficult when you’re trying to make sure that every child in your classroom is given the best possible opportunities for learning. The Learning Language and Loving It Program was designed to provide early childhood educators with practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills, no matter what their learning and communication styles are, and even if they have special needs.
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Teacher Talk™ Training Series for Early Childhood Educators/Teachers
To introduce early childhood educators to the Learning Language and Loving It™ approach, The Hanen Centre developed a flexible series of three 1-day trainings called Teacher Talk. If you work in an early childhood setting, Teacher Talk can provide you with core strategies from the Learning Language and Loving It Program for Early Childhood Educators to help you create rich and stimulating language-learning environments for the young children you work with. Teacher Talk™ Training A: Encouraging Language Development in Early Childhood Setting Teacher Talk™ Training B: Let Language Lead the Way to Literacy Teacher Talk™ Training C: Fostering Peer Interaction in Early Childhood Settings
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ABC and Beyond™
The Hanen Program® for Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings Hanen’s newest program, ABC and Beyond, is designed to help educators of preschool children (aged 3-5) promote the emergent literacy skills that all children need to develop in order to learn to read and write successfully. By taking the latest research in early literacy development and “translating” it into practical, immediately usable strategies, ABC and Beyond makes it easy for educators to build literacy naturally into every part of the day.
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