Parents Course

More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties

The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under with autism spectrum disorder and with other social communication difficulties. 

This program was developed by expert speech and language therapists and is grounded in extensive research. To deliver this program, speech and language therapists qualified in Ireland complete specialised training from The Hanen Centre.

More Than Words provides parents with the tools, strategies, and support they need to help their child reach their full communication potential with the following 3 goals: 

  1. Improved social communication and back-and-forth interactions

  2. Improved play skills

  3. Improved imitation skills

The More Than Words parent program includes:

  • 8 training sessions in small, personalised groups

  • A Hanen Certified speech and language therapist leading the program

  • A pre-program consultation with a speech and language therapist

  • Three individual visits for you and your child with your speech and language therapist. These visits include video training, in which you are videotaped while practicing with your child. Then you and the therapist watch the videotaped interaction to identify what’s helping and what you can modify to help even more.

The next More Than Words course is scheduled to run in early 2020. Please note this course requires a minimum of 6 participants to run. 


Please contact us to register your interest, a pre-program consultation will be organised with you to discuss your child's current needs and to identify if this program would be appropriate. 

Register your interest & we will contact you with course information



T: +353 83 3967372


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