Hanen More Than Words September 2021 PROGRAM NOW FULL


OR PLEASE EMAIL thespeechgrove@gmail.com TO APPLY FOR:



This is a Hanen ‘More Than Words’ program for parents of children up to age 4 with Social Communication difficulties and/or Autism / ASD. This program is for a group of up to 8 families, based anywhere in Ireland or the UK. The programme is run entirely via Zoom Pro. You have the opportunity to attend a free no-commitment information / Orientation evening before you decide if you wish to take part (see below).

The aim of this program is to help you to support your child’s progress. It has been devised by Hanen and there is much evidence to support this program, which can be found on the Hanen website here. This program can only be offered by a Hanen certified therapist. By the end of the program you should be equipped with a range of practical tools and strategies to help your child’s social interaction, communication skills, and play skills progress to the next step. You will also gain an understanding of how to help your child beyond their current goals, which helps you to picture an overall plan moving forward, and adjust your child’s goals accordingly.

You can download a programme schedule here. The programme consists of:

– A (free) Orientation evening parent group session on the 2nd September 2021 at 8pm (approx. 2 hours) with important information that you will need to participate in the program. This session involves an interactive powerpoint presentation. Following this session you can decide if you wish to take part in the program. A deposit is due at this point to secure your place (see fees below).

– A Pre-Program session, this is an individual daytime appointment with you and your child in order to establish a baseline and discuss goals for the programme (1 hour approx.).

– An evening ‘Meet and Greet’ session on 23rd September, where you get to informally meet the other parents involved (Up to 2 hours).

 8 evening weekly parent group sessions each lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes approx. Starting Monday 27th September at 8pm, programme ends 13th December 2021.

– 3 daytime Video Feedback sessions throughout the programme. These sessions are individual appointments (not group) where you and your child are recorded interacting together and where you get to try out some of the strategies you have been learning about. You are coached through the session on various things to try. We immediately review the recording and form a plan together to apply the strategies we have been learning about in the evening sessions into your every day routines. (Usually 1 to 1.5 hours)

– Opportunities to link with other parents with children with similar challenges through informal social evenings via Zoom ‘breakout’ rooms (to be arranged according to group needs).

– The fee for the Hanen More Than Words parent programme includes a deposit of €162.50 payable after the Orientation session, followed by 6 further payments of €81.25, payable on the day of each evening parent session from session 1 through to session 6. Some parents opt to pay in full. Receipts are provided that you can use to claim with your health insurer. It is clients’ responsibility to check their health insurance policy cover for speech and language therapy costs. If you opt out after having committed to the programme by paying a deposit, a cancellation fee of 50% of the overall program cost will apply.

– In order to participate in the programme, you must also purchase a copy of the ‘More Than Words’ book. You can access a downloadable version here, or a hard copy here. You are also free to access it via your own means. (A hard copy of the book is recommended.)

This program is now full but please contact Carolyn at thespeechgrove@gmail.com or call / text (089) 4034184 if you would like more information or to reserve your place at the next (free) Orientation evening. There may be more than 8 families attending the Orientation, however a maximum of 8 places are available for this type of program. Places for the programme are offered on a first come first served basis from when you make initial contact with Carolyn. Further ‘More Than Words’ programmes will be offered in early 2022. A waiting list is already available for these later programmes if you would like to get in touch and request a place.

Author: Carolyn Webb

Carolyn is a Speech and Language Therapist and Author of 'A Parent's Guide To Early Communication', working independently and based in the Sandyford area of South Dublin, Ireland. Most of Carolyn's work consists of parent coaching in a supportive practical way. A parent coaching package will be available soon consisting of 7 weekly individual sessions, working through each strategy in the book 'A Parent's Guide To Early Communication'. Carolyn also runs Hanen 'More Than Words' programs on a regular basis through telepractice with families all across Ireland. The More Than Words program offered is a 3-6 month speech therapy program for parents of children up to age 4 years with social communication difficulties, including challenges interacting with others. Some participating children are not yet using words. Some are using words and language, but find it difficult to have to and fro conversations. Some of the participating children have a diagnosis of Autism, and some do not. Please visit the blog to learn more about the '7 Strategies' package and Hanen programs and click the link to register your interest in attending a free information / Orientation Zoom session.