Hanen it takes two to talk program

Language Delays: What is the It Takes Two to Talk Program?

Katie BlauthResources, Therapy Options

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. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout the day.

Speech therapists are trained to accommodate parents’ individual learning styles, their specific needs/goals, and their life experiences to facilitate parents’ application of the strategies taught.  The program helps parents with the following:

  • Recognizing their child’s stage and style of communication and what motivates her/him to interact
  • Identifying  their child’s motivations
  • Setting communication and language goals (collaboratively with the SLP) and adjusting goals as needed
  • Following their child’s lead to facilitate increased participation in extended interactions
  • Adjusting everyday and play routines to increase their child’s ability to take turns
  • Adding language to interactions to increase expressive and receptive language skills
  • Adapting the way they play and read books with their child to facilitate the child’s active participation in the activity, as well as to build language skills

How do I find a Hanen certified speech therapist or ITTT program in my area?  You can use the search engine on the Hanen Centre’s website.


Sources: http://www.hanen.org/Programs/For-Parents/It-Takes-Two-to-Talk.aspx