It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays

What is the It Takes Two to Talk program?

The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. The It Takes Two to Talk Program teaches you, step-by-step, how to become your child’s most important language teacher. The program shows parents how to:

  • Recognize your child’s stage and style of communication so that you know which steps to take next
  • Identify what motivates your child to interact with you so you’ll know how to get conversations started
  • Adjust everyday routines to help your child take turns and keep interactions going
  • Follow your child’s lead to build confidence and encourage communication
  • Add language to interactions with your child to help him/her understand language and then use it when he/she is ready
  • Collaborate about how to play and read books with your child to help learn language
  • Refine ways to speak to your child so that he/she will understand and learn new words
How is the program facilitated?
  • 6-8 training sessions (approx. 3 hours long) for parents in small, personalized groups
  • A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist leading the program
  • A pre-program consultation for you and your child with the speech-language pathologist
  • Three individual visits for you and your child with the speech-language pathologist in which you are videotaped while practicing strategies to help your child achieve specific communication goals. You and the speech-language pathologist then watch the videotaped interaction to “see” what’s helping your child and what you can modify to help even more.
What are the benefits of taking the It Takes Two to Talk program?
  • Practical strategies you can use in everyday situations
  • Translates research on early language intervention into concrete strategies that are easy to put into place
  • Offers many opportunities to practice and discuss each strategy so you can confident using them at home
  • Provides a chance to connect with other parents in similar situations
Learn more at: http://www.hanen.org/Programs/For-Parents/It-Takes-Two-to-Talk.aspx

 

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