Hanen More Than Words ™ is a family-based intervention focused on training parents of children with autism to help them develop communication skills in daily life. Centre-based group sessions also provide social support networks for parents.

The intervention is provided by parents who are trained by speech pathologists, typically in a group setting. Parents are taught to take advantage of opportunities in every day life to improve their child’s communication skills.

The three goals of this program are:

Number of participation hours required each week

Under 20 20+
20+ hours per week home based and 8-10 weekly group sessions (2.5 hrs per session)

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
$30-$120 per session / item / week

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Notes: Parent training is usually undertaken in a clinic, with therapy activities then undertaken in the home and other frequently accessed settings.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Emphasis is on parent education and empowerment.
Group sessions and feedback offer support and ongoing training.
Limited by regional access.
Sessions can only be delivered by speech therapists / pathologists trained in this technique.
Additional expenses are incurred, as parent guidebook should also be purchased.