TalkAbility

This Hanen Program has been designed for parents of verbal children on the Autism Spectrum, including children with Asperger Syndrome, aged 3 – 7 years.

The TalkAbility program teaches parents how to help their child learn social communication skills.

Who Does TalkAbility Help?

  • Children who find it difficult to hold a conversation with others.
  • Children who have difficulty playing with children their own age.
  • Children who have difficulty talking about things that interest someone else.

What Parents will Learn in this Program

  • Parents will learn practical strategies that can be easily used in everyday situations to:
  • Help their child develop back and forth conversation.
  • Encourage their child to pay attention to the social messages people send with facial expressions and gestures.
  • Help their child develop language to talk about their feelings and other people’s feelings.
  • Help their child make friends.

 

The clinic regularly runs information sessions about this program for interested parents.  These sessions are free and provide an excellent opportunity to hear about the course, meet the clinicians and ask questions.  Please call the clinic on 9889 9010 for dates and times of the next session.

For additional information about the program visit the Hanen website.

Hanen - It Takes Two to Talk

This program is designed for parents of children (birth to 5) who have language delays.  It provides parents with practical techniques designed to improve communication skills and better interact with their child.

It Takes Two to Talk recognises:

  • The importance of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention
  • The need to help children and families as early as possible in a child’s life

Parents learn a broad range of skills including:

  • What motivates your child to communicate?
  • How to engage your child in back and forth interactions
  • How to turn everyday activities into opportunities for your child to learn language
  • How to fine-tune what you say so your child can understand you and learn new words and ideas

One of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child is the gift of communication. In this program, parents learn practical and powerful strategies to help their child communicate and interact during everyday routines and activities.

Course Structure:

This course is run over five months to provide parents with the opportunity to consolidate skills. The course includes:

  • 8 x 2 hour sessions conducted at the clinic. All sessions are run by two speech pathologists. Video presentations and practical, hands-on teaching techniques are used to demonstrate and develop skills in a fun and supportive environment.
  • 3 x home visits. Our speech pathologists conduct home visits during the program to observe your child in a familiar environment. Feedback and coaching is provided, as appropriate. Videos are also taken during the home visit and may be used to illustrate key points during the clinic based sessions.

Each family is given their own copy of the training manual at the beginning of the course. Additional resources are provided during the course of the program.

Information and Registration:

For additional information about the program visit the Hanen website.

A copy of the program brochure is also available if you click here.

To register your interest in attending our next free information session about the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program, click here. We will send details regarding dates and times.

Parents registered with FaHCSIA Better Start can use their funding to access our Hanen It Takes Two to Talk Program.

Hanen Programs for Parents

The internationally acclaimed, evidenced based Hanen Program provides parents with practical, hands on experience that develops children’s communication and social interaction skills.

The Hanen Programs recognise:

  • The importance of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention
  • The need to help families as early as possible in a child’s life

 

At Melvin Speech Pathology, our Hanen accredited clinicians run the following programs:

It Takes Two to Talk

This program is designed for parents of children (birth to 5) who have language delays.  It provides parents with practical techniques designed to improve communication skills.

Parents learn a broad range of skills including:

  • How to engage your child in back and forth interactions
  • How to turn everyday activities into opportunities for your child to learn language
  • How to fine-tune what you say so your child can understand you and learn new words and ideas

 

We offer this program each year.  Please call the clinic if you would like to attend the next free Parent Information Session to learn more about the program.  Limited spaces available.

For more information about the It Takes Two to Talk program run at the clinic click here.

More Than Words

This family focused program was developed for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those with social communication difficulties. Parents learn practical ways to help their child communicate and interact during everyday routines and activities.

Parents learn a broad range of skills including:

  • What motivates your child to communicate
  • How to develop your child’s play skills
  • Why your child behaves in certain ways and what you can do about these behaviours

 

We run this program twice a year.  Please call the clinic if you would like to attend the next free Parent Information Session to learn more about the program.  Limited spaces available.

For more information about the More Than Words program run at the clinic click here.

TalkAbility

This Hanen Program has been designed for parents of verbal children on the Autism Spectrum, including children with Asperger Syndrome, aged 3 – 7 years.

The TalkAbility program teaches parents how to help their child learn social communication skills.

The program will help:

    • Children who find it difficult to hold a conversation with others.
    • Children who have difficulty playing with children their own age.
    • Children who have difficulty talking about things that interest someone else.

 

We offer this program each year.  Please call the clinic if you would like to attend the next free Parent Information Session to learn more about the program.  Places are limited and bookings are essential.

 For more information about the Talkability program run at the clinic click here

Additional information about the Hanen Programs is also available on the Hanen website.

Copies of the brochures are available if you click here.

Our clinicians run all programs in our group training room. Clinicians also conduct regular home visits to help consolidate skills in a range of familiar settings.

Sessions include video presentations and practical hands-on examples. The program provides participants with the opportunity to meet and work with other families experiencing similar issues. This provides the opportunity for families to share practical tips and learn new techniques in a supportive environment.

Each session includes group training as well as the development of individual goals, tailored to the needs of each family. Parents have the opportunity to practice new skills and adjust them to the needs of their children with clinical support.

Copies of the relevant training books are provided for each family upon commencing the group.

For details about the free information sessions and enrollment dates for the Hanen Programs conducted at Melvin Speech Pathology, please call the clinic or email your inquiry here.

Parents registered with FaHCSIA Helping Children with Autism and Better Start can use their funding to access these programs.

Testimonials:

We were referred to Mardi at Melvin Speech Pathology to do a More than Words Hanen by our speech pathologist. It was during our process to get an ASD diagnosis for our son.

More than Words is a fantastic program and Mardi's extensive knowledge & support have been really helpful for us to learn and communicate with our son in a different and better way. We highly recommend it to parents with ASD children. MG

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