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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