Hanen: More than Words

June 21, 2021

Hanen programs are evidence-based and world-renowned parent-training programs designed to teach parents how to implement speech and language therapy into their everyday activities with their child.

Research has shown that Hanen programs are effective towards improving both children’s speech and language abilities, as well as parents’ skills.

The Hanen Centre has devised different programs to target specific areas of need. Hanen programs involve a parental commitment of attending group training workshops for three or more months as well as individual sessions for you and your child at certain stages.

Hanen: More than Words is an evidence-based parent-training program which gives parents the tools, strategies and support they need to help develop language, interactions and social skills in their child with autism.

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A number of studies have shown that, when compared to a control group:

Children showed:

  • Larger vocabulary
  • Communicated more often
  • Communicated more often
  • Participated in turn-taking routines more often

Caregivers learn more responsive interaction strategies.

This program is available at:

Program delivery varies between clinics so please check with your local clinic about their programs.