Hanen it takes two to talk program

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

Katie Blauth Resources, 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