Hanen – More Than Words

Hanen – More Than Words

The More Than Words program is a family-centered, social pragmatic intervention program for parents of young children with ASD or social communication difficulties. Its goal is to build capacity in parents so they can play a primary role in facilitating their child’s social, communication, and vocabulary development.

The More Than Words Program helps parents to:

  • Identify your child’s social communication skills and stage of communication
  • Use everyday routines and play activities as contexts for building your child’s social and communication skills
  • Structure your child’s environment to increase their motivation and opportunities to communicate
  • Facilitate the development of social communication, including joint attention, within pleasurable, extended interactions
  • Facilitate the development of imitation
  • Use visual aids and print to build your child’s understanding
  • Fine-tune your language input to foster expressive and receptive language development
  • Build your child’s play skills
  • Help your child to make friends