SRF Program

  • Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.


    It Takes Two to Talk is part of a suite of programs developed by the Hanen Centre to promote children's language and literacy development. It is designed to teach parents practical strategies to help their children learn language through natural interactions. It is particularly aimed at children with language delay and/or autism spectrum disorder.

    Detailed Costs

    The program is delivered by a Hanen-certified speech pathologist and costs will vary depending on the provider.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: the program is aimed at parents of young children with language delays.
    Program/practice descriptions and details:
    The program shows parents how to:
    • recognise children’s stage and style of communication so that parents know which steps to take next
    • identify what motivates children to interact with parents so they’ll know how to get conversations started
    • adjust everyday routines to help children take turns and keep interactions going
    • follow the child’s lead to build their confidence and encourage them to communicate
    • add language to interactions with children to help them understand language and then use it when they are ready
    • tweak the way parents play and read books with their child to help them learn language
    • change the way parents speak to their child so that they will understand and learn new words.
     Training requirements: 
    • six to eight training sessions for parents in small, personalised groups
    • a pre-program consultation for families and children with the speech pathologist
    • three individual visits for families and children with the speech pathologist in which families are videotaped while practising strategies to help the child achieve specific communication goals. Families and the speech pathologist then watch the videotaped interaction to 'see' what’s helping the child and what families can modify to help even more.
    Factors to consider: educators should ensure a partnership approach with families to ensure child outcomes and strategies are consistent between the home and service environment.​

    Strength of Evidence

    Promising research evidence

    3 stars out of 5