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More than Words®—Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

Does your child have difficulty interacting with others and connecting with the world around them?

Have they been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or another social communication difficulty?

Do you want to learn effective, evidence-based strategies to help your child communicate?

More Than Words® The Hanen Program® is designed for parents like you with children ages 5 and under with autism spectrum disorder or other social communication difficulties. It provides you with the tools, strategies and support you need to help your child reach their full communication potential.

Aspire Speech is pleased to offer More Than Words® via teletherapy to families across Ontario starting May 26, 2021. Teletherapy means you can learn online in the safety of your home without additional travel time or costs.

How can More than Words® help my child?

The program empowers you to help your child reach the following goals:

  • Improved social communication and back-and-forth interactions

  • Improved play skills

  • Improved imitation skills

What will I learn during the program?

You will learn:

  • 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

What does the program include?

The program runs for 12 weeks and includes:

  • An orientation session (2 hours)

  • A pre-program consultation for you and your child with a Hanen-certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) (1.5 hours for one parent; 2 hours for two parents)

  • Three individual video sessions in which you are filmed practicing with your child. You will then have a chance to review the recorded interaction with the SLP to identify what works and where you can modify your approach (3 hours for one parent; or 4.5 hours for two parents)

  • Eight small group training sessions (6-8 parents) offered via teleconference (2.5 hours each for a total of 20 hours of learning)

  • A final report to identify successes and next steps

How much does the program cost?

The program costs $1,670 for one parent, or $2,020 for two parents. There is also a guidebook you can order directly from Hanen.

More than Words® is eligible for purchase with your childhood budget or with interim one-time funding through the Ontario Autism Program.

When is the program offered?

The program runs for 12 weeks starting Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Depending on which time works best for most parents, it will be offered from either 1:00-3:30 p.m. or 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Learn more directly from the Hanen Centre about this reputable, evidence-based program developed by expert speech-language pathologists.

Contact Aspire Speech today to see if the program is right for you!

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