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Hanen provides family-focused approach to communication

Therapy Focus speech pathologists are seeing the benefits of family-focused programs ‘More Than Words’ and ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and language delays.

Developed by Canadian not-for-profit organisation, the Hanen Centre, both programs teach parents practical strategies and skills to help their child communicate in every day routines and activities. The programs are available to families as part of Therapy Focus’ services, and are delivered by Hanen certified speech pathologists.

Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist, Monique Moreno said the home consultations and parent group workshops held as part of the 7 week ‘More than Words’ program provides a supportive environment where parents can develop their confidence and learn new skills.

“Not only do parents learn practical strategies to support their child’s engagement and communication interaction, they also get the opportunity to talk to other parents and workshop their ideas in a really fun and supportive forum,” Monique said.

A number of families have seen improvements after taking part in one or both of the programs, which are held throughout the year.

“Parents who completed the program said they enjoyed taking part and felt well supported to implement the practical tools and strategies they learnt at home,” Monique said.

For more information about the Hanen Centre programs visit www.hanen.org. If you would like to know more about the services and support Therapy Focus offers for people with disabilities who have communication difficulties, call 1300 135 373 or email enquiries@therapyfocus.org.au.

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Pictured: Therapists Brittany Maiolo, Monique Moreno, Isabelle Campbell with participants from the Hanen program.