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Parent Education

“Together, we can give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.”

THE HANEN PROGRAM - More Than Words®

Does your child have difficulty interacting meaningfully with others and connecting with the world? The More Than Words® Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies, and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential. You can also participate in this program online via telepractice. More Than Words does this by empowering you to help your child reach the following three goals:

  1. Improved social communication and back-and-forth interactions

  2. Improved play skills

  3. Improved imitation skills

Here are some of the valuable things you’ll learn when you attend the More Than Words® Program:

  • What motivates your child to communicate

  • How to use your knowledge about your child to set appropriate and realistic goals

  • How to make interactions with your child last longer

  • Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding

  • Strategies for how to talk so that your child understands you

  • Strategies for developing your child’s play skills

  • Ways to help your child make friends

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Early Language Program, 2020. This content has been provided with permission from The Hanen Centre, May 2020. No further copying or reproduction is permitted without permission from The Hanen Centre. For more information and research on this evidenced-based program, visit

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