Early Childhood Intervention Services

It Takes Two To Talk - Hanen Programs for Parents

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    Program outline

    This schedule outlines the content of the group sessions and individual visits of the It Takes Two to Talk Program. The major topics that will be introduced at each session are listed. Each topic has a corresponding chapter in the parent guidebook It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays. 

    Session 1: Let Your Child Lead (chapters 1 and 2)

    Date:  21st  March 2018.

    In this session, you’ll gain insight into how and why your child communicates. Find out why it’s important to get face to face and how to Observe, Wait and Listen (OWL) to let your child start the interaction.

    Session 2: Follow Your Child’s Lead (Chapter 3) 

    Date: 28th March 2018.

    This session is devoted to one of the most important strategies in the It Takes Two to Talk Program. In this session, you’ll learn how to follow your child’s lead so that the interaction between you and your child can grow.

    Individual Visit 1 

    Week of: 2nd April 13th April 2018.  

    (Your facilitator will confirm a time with you)

    This first individual visit gives you the opportunities you’ve learned so far that will help you let your child lead and follow his lead. Your program leader will videotape you and your child in either a daily routine or a play activity and will give you some guidance and coaching as you go. Afterwards, you’ll watch the tape together and see how using the strategies is helping your child. 

    Session 3: Take Turns to Keep the Interaction Going (chapters 4 and 5)

    Date:  18th April 2018 (next session in a fortnight due to public holiday)

    You’ll learn how to keep an interaction going by creating opportunities for your child to take turns in a conversation. The longer your child stays in an interaction, the more opportunities there are to learn language. You’ll also learn how easy it is to adjust every day routines to help your child learn language. 

    Session 4: Add Language to the Interaction (Chapter 6)

    Date: 2nd May 2018

    You’ll learn how to add language to the interaction to help your child understand new words and express himself in new ways. 

    Session 5: Add Language to Build Understanding (Chapter 6)

    Date: May 9th 2018

    You’ll find out how to add language to build your child’s understanding of the world. This is a different way of adding language, which involves talking about things that your child may not yet understand. You’ll also learn how to set communication goals to help your child learn new ways of expressing herself. 

    Individual Visit 2 

    Week of: 14th – 25th May 2018 (Your facilitator will confirm a time with you)

    Your program leader will videotape you and your child, just like in Individual Visit 1. In this visit you’ll have an opportunity to add language that will help your child take turns and achieve a specific communication goal.  

    Session 6: Let’s Play! (Chapter 7) 

    Date:  30th May 2018

    Find out how play can be the best way to help your child learn language. You’ll learn how to use all of the It Takes Two to Talk strategies when you play with your child, and how to incorporate communication goals into play activities. Bring your child’s favourite toy to this session. 

    Session 7: Sharing Books (Chapter 8) 

    Date: 6th June 2018

    You learn how to incorporate It Takes Two to Talk strategies as you share books and enrich your child’s language learning opportunities. You’ll also learn how to choose the best books for your child based on his or her stage of communication. Bring your child’s favourite book to this session. 

    Individual Visit 3 

    Week of: 11th June – 22th June 2018 (Your facilitator will confirm a time with you

    Your program leader will videotape you and your child, just like in the previous individual visits. You’ll have a chance to apply all of the strategies you’ve learned during booksharing and play activities.

    Session 8: Moving Forward with Music (Chapter 9) 

    Date: 27th June 2018

    Explore the value of songs and rhymes as a way to encourage interaction and language learning. You’ll learn how to incorporate all the It Takes Two to Talk strategies as you de¬sign a music routine using a popular children’s song and you’ll create a song routine based on your child’s interests and stage of communication. 

    During this final session you will also have an opportunity to reflect on what you learned during the program and how the program helped you and your child.

    We look forward to sharing this exciting learning experience with you.