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Hanen:

It Takes Two to Talk

I am the only speech pathologist in Pensacola and the surrounding area who is certified in Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk (ITTT). The program is intended for parents/caregivers of children with language delays. Rather than working directly with your child only 1-2 hours per week, my goal is to teach you (parents/caregivers) how to intentionally improve your child's language skills during your daily interactions. You know your child better than anyone else. You play a huge role in their development and can make an even greater difference when given the tools you need!

 

Hanen: ITTT is designed to systematically teach you strategies for building your child's vocabulary and improving their communication skills through SLP-led modeling and coaching. Participants practice strategies during each session, so they can confidently implement them at home. I will also conduct observations of parent/child interactions and provide feedback as needed. ITTT strategies are intended to be used during everyday routines, such as snack time, bath time, or play, which means you don't have to make more time in your busy schedule to fit them in. 

ITTT consists of 6-8 training sessions that are carried out in a group setting. Groups are small and personalized (4-8 families) and sessions are held once per week. Children do not attend teaching sessions, only parents/caregivers do. Participants will receive Hanen materials and direct coaching from a speech-language pathologist.

For additional information about the program, research summaries, and tips for improving your child's language development, visit Hanen.org.

**In addition to language delays, Hanen also provides information about autism on their website. I do not recommend Hanen as a source for autism information as their understanding of autism has not been informed by autistic people themselves. Currently, Hanen's views of autism do not align with those of the autistic community (which is typical of many autism-related professions due to a lack of inclusion when doing research and developing autism-related therapies and supports).