Hanen It Takes Two to Talk

graphic of a person talkingThe Hanen Program® for Parents & You Make the Difference: A Prevention Program for Parents

It Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program® for Parents & You Make the Difference: A Prevention Program for Parents provides families of infants and toddlers with strategies to enhance the communication, social, and cognitive development of their children.

Parenting is one of the most challenging experiences you will encounter. This is especially true if you are concerned that your child is developing differently than other children of the same age. While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. In the Hanen Parent-Child Early Intervention Program at Appalachian State University, we are concerned about children, from birth to age three who have communication delays or are at risk for developing a communication delay.

Family Focused Intervention

Man reading a book with a child sitting on his lapIt Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program (R) for Parents & You Make the Difference: A Prevention Program for Parents use a family-focused approach to language intervention with young children which addresses the importance of parents' participation in the intervention process and the need to provide services to families as early as possible. The program provides families of infants and toddlers with strategies to enhance the communication, social, and cognitive development of their children.We teach families how to use the activities of daily life to create communication opportunities. We also help families learn to use play, books, art and music as a means to encourage communication in their children.

Combined Group Sessions and Home Visits

A combination of group learning during evening sessions and individual guidance in the home or our clinic helps parents integrate concepts which they can apply to interactions with their child.

Group Sessions

  • Allow many families to receive information at one time
  • Are held in the evenings so that working parents, extended family members and other caregivers can attend. The parent education classes and group intervention for the children are offered on Thursday evenings from 6:00p.m.-8:00 p.m. during the fall semester.
  • Provide opportunities for parents to support one another

Learner-Focused Approach to Teaching Adults

When parents come to a Hanen Program®, they are not coming to hear a lecture. We make every effort to involve parents in their own learning through the use of:

  • Small group activities and discussions
  • Self and peer -evaluation of parent-child interactions on videotape
  • Home activities which provide the parents with practice of the strategies learned in the class

Comprehensive and User-friendly Resources

Guidebooks and teaching tapes, which assist both the parents and group leaders, have been written in everyday language that parents can understand. Parent comments are heard through-out the Hanen teaching tapes and in the parent guidebook "It Takes Two to Talk."

Typical Program Schedule

A typical Parent Program takes 12 weeks from start to finish and includes:

  • Nine evening parent classes and evening therapy sessions for the children which are held at the same time, interspersed with
  • Three home visits or individual clinic visits

There are nine evening parent classes and three home visits or individual clinic visits. The home visits take place after approximately every two classes.

Cost of the Program

We offer excellent professional services to everyone at competitive prices. Availability of services is not dependent on ability to pay. The cost of It Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program (R) for Parents is supplemented by the Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation and various other donors. Because of the donations we are able to offer the class for a reduced fee to be discussed prior to the start of the program. We may be able to bill Medicaid or private insurance for the services.

Who to Contact

If you are interested in the It Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program (R) for Parents or You Make the Difference: A Prevention Program for Parents you can contact Sherry Street at the Appalachian State University Communication Disorders Clinic at 262-6070 or 262-2185.