The Hanen Program It Takes Two to Talk is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have a language delay. It Takes Two to Talk is one of the most well-known and most researched early language intervention programs (McCauley & Fey, 2006). It is grounded in evidence and consistent with best practice in terms of utilization of naturalistic contexts and a family-centered approach (Dempsey & Dunst, 2004).
The It Takes Two to Talk Program shows you how to use your natural, day-to-day life with your child to help him or her develop language skills. You’ll discover how to create enjoyable learning opportunities for your child during simple everyday activities like meal time, story time and bath time.
What does it consist of?
- A pre-program consultation with the speech pathologist to assess and determine whether the program is right for you and your child.
- 6-8 training sessions for parents in personalized sessions.
- 3 one-to-one visits for you and your child with the speech pathologist in which you are videotaped and given feedback while practicing strategies to help your child achieve specific communication goals.
Does it work?
It Takes Two to Talk is grounded in extensive research and was developed by expert speech pathologists. This evidence-based program has been proven in clinical practice to have positive effects on the communication development of young children when compared to other language delayed children who did not receive the treatment.
The research has proven that the program significantly improves children’s language development, enabling them to learn words that had not even been targeted in therapy and to start combining words into sentences. In addition, the children began using more speech sounds in their words and sentences, making it easier for them to be understood (Girolametto, 1988, Tannock, Girolametto, & Siegel 1992).
You can read more about the program here:
Both Ashleigh Fattah and Jenna Butterworth are Hanen – It takes two to talk certified therapists. For more information on this topic or any speech related fields, contact the ENT Clinic on 1300 123 368 and make an appointment.
Dempsey, I. & Dunst, C. (2004). Helpgiving styles and parent empowerment in families with a young child with a disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability , 29, 1, 40-51.
Girolametto, L. (1988). Improving the social-conversational skills of developmentally delayed children: An intervention study. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 53, 156-167.
McCauley, R.J. & Fey, M.E. (2006). Treatment of language disorders in children. New York: Brookes Publishing, 1-20.
Tannock, R., Girolametto, L. & Siegel, L. (1992). Language intervention with children who have developmental delays: Effects of an interactive approach. American Journal of Mental Retardation , 97, 145-160.