Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

July 11, 2013

Stephanie Gerlich, Speech-Language Pathologist, completes Hanen Certification Workshop

Stephanie Gerlich Speech-Language therapy, Hanen I am very excited to have recently completed a certification workshop on parent training techniques to help facilitate language in preschool children with developmental delays. This course focused on the importance of showing parents small changes they can make to the way they communicate with their child to better support language development. The course is designed to teach therapists effective ways to help parents:

  • Recognize stages and styles of communication
  • Identify what motivates your child to interact with you
  • Identify all of the different ways your child may try to communicate (it‚Äôs not just about the words!)
  • Adjust everyday routines to help your child take turns and keep interactions going
  • Follow your child‚Äôs lead to what he is interested talking about and set up opportunities for   communication to happen
  • Add language to interactions to help your child understand language and then use it when ready

What are the benefits to having a Hanen certified therapist?

Research shows that children with language delays make to most progress when their parents are involved in their intervention. A Hanen certified SLP is uniquely qualified to more directly involve parents in the therapy process (it may even look like you are the therapist!), provide parents with language facilitation strategies to be used whenever you are with your child, provide individual parent coaching, and provide Hanen specific resources to supplement therapy. Your child doesn’t need you to set aside times for teaching. Most learning actually takes place during everyday activities – like bath time, playtime, reading books, singing, going in the car, and so on!

How’s it going so far?

Since completing the workshop, I have already started to directly teach — not just tell — many of the parents I work with how to use these strategies with their preschooler. The feedback so far has been excellent and I am eager to continue to utilize this more natural approach in my sessions.

For more information about The Hanen Centre, parent training programs, and free resources, please click the links below.