I was introduced to the Hanen Centre during graduate school. During a time when we were being introduced to many different methodologies, The Hanen Approach, really stuck out to me. The Ontario, Canada based program features training programs for SLPs. Their approach focuses on training the parent in a variety of techniques for language delayed children. This is the home page from the session! I won’t give you a huge lesson on all their programs but here is a blurb from the Hanen Website.
The Hanen Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a difference. We are a social entrepreneur, operating our business for a clear social purpose – to enable young children to develop the best possible language and literacy skills. Founded in 1975 by Ayala Hanen Manolson, a speech-language pathologist who saw the potential of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention, The Hanen Centre is dedicated to addressing a pressing social problem – delays in language development in young children, including children with developmental delays and autism.
A language delay has a significant impact on the child, his family and society as a whole. Language delay is the most common developmental disorder and is 3-4 times more common in boys than in girls. Approximately 5-8% of preschool children experience a delay in their language development that continues into adulthood, highlighting the fact that many children don’t “grow out of it” as is commonly thought. Language delay can affect academic performance and achievement, social relationships, can cause behaviour problems and make it more difficult for adults to find employment.
Knowing that the window of opportunity is greatest when children are very young, we must harness the commitment of parents and professionals to give children the chance to develop the language they need to succeed socially and academically.
Not content to accomplish this on a small, local scale, The Hanen Centre has developed a business model, which is designed to help us achieve our social goal in many parts of the world. The sales of our train-the-trainer workshops, educational resources and membership dues enable us to support our operations, as well as our research and development.
While I completed my graduate school internships, one of my supervisors was a Hanen trained SLP. She used It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words during our treatment and I learned a lot about treating toddlers and young children with language delays. Maybe you’re like me and you’ve been exposed to the program or you’ve had access to the materials but not able to attend the full training sessions. The people over at Hanen contacted me and asked if I wanted to check out one of their online e-Seminars. I told them I’d love to review this professional development opportunity. The opinions here are mine and based on my recent experience! The e-seminars are available in two formats. Live seminars are watched in real-time and allow you to interact with the presenter. On Demand workshops are not interactive, but you can still watch all the questions and polls as they happened during the presentation. I chose the do the On Demand option just because it was easier to fit into my schedule! So let’s look at what CEU’s are available: -Making Book Reading a Time for Interaction and Conversation -Coaching Parents in How to Play -Make Words Sparkle for Preschoolers and Kindergarten Children: Bring Vocabulary to Life During Book Reading and Daily Interactions -Starting Early: Red Flags and Treatment Tips for Toddlers on the Autism Spectrum I selected to try the Starting Early: Red Flags and Treatment Tips for Toddlers on the Autism Spectrum. The course would typically cost $85 dollars. The course was 2 hours in length and was registered with ASHA for CEU credits. The learning targets included: -Describe the implications of early identification of autism spectrum disorder for the provision of early language intervention to this group of children and their families. -Describe typical early social communication development in toddlers -Identify early red flags which place children at risk for autism spectrum disorder -Select appropriate intervention goals for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder -Describe specific interaction strategies from the More Than Words® Program that can be taught to parents in order to facilitate their child’s achievement of intervention goals The seminar is available to watch with an internet connection. When you’re done you can easily submit your information for the CE registry. Once you register for a course you have open access to it for 30 days. Perfect for when ‘life’ gets in the way of your plans! Pros: When I’m attending CEU courses one of the post important things to me is practicality. This is exactly the type of CEU course I look for. It gave typical development background, red flags for delays, specific intervention strategies, demonstrated interventions through video and all items cited research. During this session I was able to take specific notes on strategies for implementing with toddlers and their parents immediately in therapy next week. These included tips for foundational social communication enjoyment, joint attention, gestures, imitating and more. I also really loved the real-life videos demonstrating the skills. This might be a perfect course for those who suddenly end up with toddler on their caseload after not working with the young ones for a while! Cons: The cost of $85 is pretty high for those self-funded SLPs. If you’re able, use the group rate! Have you attend the live workshops or done any Hanen e-seminars? What did YOU think? Hanen wants to give one e-seminar to a professional who works with early intervention. Please only enter if you’re qualified to earn professional CEUs and if you work with this age of student. Enter on the rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Hanen training has been on the top of my list for the past couple of years. Training the parents on how to interact with their child appropriately is so imperative in the success and generalization of learned skills. I am crossing my fingers I win!:)
I’ve always wanted to do Hanen training, glad to know the have the e-seminars!
Chelsea Beaty says
I would be so excited to win this course!!! I looked at taking It Takes Two to Talk this October, but decided to wait until Jan., so that I could count my CEU’s. This would give me a great introduction and hold me over until I can take the big course! Please please please pick me! I recently finished my CF and this would be a great gift! I work with early intervention primarily and I love it!
Sara Davis says
I have heard of the Hanen program, just like you, it was mentioned in graduate school. I never received any formal training. I would love some additional training for working with younger ones and their families…oh and I’m in a crunch to get my CEU’s by December 😉
I have heard of the Hanen program, but have not yet done any of their trainings. I work with preschool, and I also work part-time in private practice. I would be interested in taking their courses to help better serve those young children.
Crouton Queen says
I have heard so much about how great Hanen is! I’d love to take a training!
Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC says
I’ve read a lot about various approaches for ASD. I’m a big fan of Dr. Greenspan’s DIR however, other professionals say Hanen and DIR overlapp and I’d be interested to see their similarities! 🙂
Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC says
Oh I should also add that my primary caseload is with PK kiddos, my area of interest is ASD, I provide home-based therapy with parent counseling and education in EVERY session, and I live in an area where there are no other private SLPs that work with ASD for parents. So the more I know the better I therapist I can be.
I’ve never taken a Hanen course but looks like they’d be very informative and helpful since I do home health in the morning for kids under 3.
Julie Graham says
I was trained many years ago on the It Takes Two to Talk. Now I am finding that I want a refresher course. Although I do not work with the 0-3 age population this year, I have been thinking about working with the local Teen Moms program to offer basic language/play development activities and parts of the Hanen Program. This might be the push I need to do that volunteering I want to do!
I haven’t taken the training, but was given one of the books during undergrad to study in a language development class. I think I would benefit from this training because I would like to work with more parents and get them involved with their children.
I’ve been a SLP for about 15 years. I went through the It Takes Two to Talk training about 12 years ago when I was working at a Child Guidance Center. I’ve recently started working for Oklahoma’s early intervention program, Sooner Start, and would love to be a Hanen Certified SLP and take one of their courses.
I’ve been hearing about Hanen for years. My organization used to have regular parent training through them. I kept meaning to go through the training myself, but between one thing and another, I still haven’t gotten to it yet. I work with the PreK crowd, where a lot of this really comes into play.
Never taken any training but always interested in seeing what it’s about.
SLP Gone Wild says
I’ve never taken any training courses, but have heard lots about it….I’d love to use this to learn more!
Crazy Speech World
I’m so happy to learn that Hanen does e-seminars! I work with a large caseload of severely handicapped students whose language skills are considered emerging. Their parents are always asking for ways to interact and target language skills at home. I’m definitely going to check out some of these seminars.
I have not, but my internship supervisor used some. I work at a Pre-K Center school now, so this would be perfect for me!
Annie Filla says
I work at a private clinic, and many of my clients are preschool-age and/or have autism. We used the Hanen approach in one of my grad school placements, and I learned so much; however, I haven’t had the opportunity to take a class yet! I’m a fairly new SLP and am always excited to learn more!
I too was introduced to Hanen in grad school and have been eyeing their courses for along time. I would be excited to win this as EI is my specialty especially with kids on the spectrum. -S. Beth Horton
This is my first time hearing of the Hanen Centre but I’m always looking for relevant CEUs.
molly jo says
The Hanen program is great, I would love to earn some CEUs through them!
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Hanen….my cell phone auto word changed it to Hansen!
I would love to learn more from the Hanen program!
I went to a Hanen Conference during my grad program and have been interested in learning more ever since! This would be a great opportunity 🙂
I have never been to a Hanen Conference. I would love the opportunity to learn more about it by taking an online course. Thanks!!
Michelle Griffin says
Fingers crossed that I’d be selected for this opportunity! I have heard nothing but fabulous things about Hanen trainings however financially I am a little restricted having just finished grad school and facing those dreaded loans. I’d love to feel more confident as a SLP working with younger children and learning Hanen techniques.
I have not had any Hanen training but I work with the early childhood population, and it would be very relevant!
Kathy Grover says
I am one of a team of three SLP’s who work with kiddos birth to 3. We were just discussing Hanen in the office yesterday and wishing that there was a cost effective way for us to get training. I’ve known about Hanen for years and have used their books, but there’s no comparison to first hand training.
Chris Jackson, MA, CCC-SLP says
One of my grad school professors was a Hanen trainer and she did some of the parent trainings in our class. I absolutely loved the program! Most of my kids have been over 3 since I’ve been out of grad school, but I am now at a new clinic and am getting lots of birth to 3 🙂
bilingual slp says
Excited about this give away !!! I have some of the hanen books and love them ! I was looking into their training program !!!