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Hanen Program


What is Hanen?:

The Hanen classes are 12-13 week programs for parents that are taught by speech-language pathologists. The classes include a combination of group meetings and individual coaching sessions. The program was developed by the Hanen Centre in Toronto as a way to support parents in their primary role in order to help their children develop communication skills. It is all about involving parents in providing interventions and incorporating the daily routines of families as components of best practices in early intervention and lead to better outcomes for young children.  The Hanen Centre programs follow best practices by providing intensive, meaningful parent-education and coaching to families of children with language delays and social communication delays.  The Hanen approach is centered on the parent coaching model. There are a variety of programs for parents and educators to help promote the social, language, and literacy skills of their young children. The Hanen programs include research-based group training classes and individual home coaching sessions. The Hanen Centre's mission is "to provide parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists with the knowledge and training they need to help young children develop the best possible language, social and literacy skills. This includes children with or at risk of language delays and those with developmental challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder." -


The Hanen Programs offered by Dayspring include:

1. It Takes Two to Talk, The Hanen Program for Parents of young children who have a language or developmental delay.  Parents learn ways to encourage their child’s communication using everyday routines and activities.  Program consists of both group sessions and individual consultation sessions.  This class will take place starting in September in Lafayette.

2. More than Words, The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other social communication difficulties. (A diagnosis of ASD is not necessary in order to benefit from this class).  Strategies for Parents to foster their child’s communication and social skills during everyday routines.  Program consists of group training session and individual consultation sessions.  This class will take place starting in September in Lafayette.

Upcoming Classes

It Takes Two to Talk will be held Monday mornings 9:30-11:30am (Initial home visits will start the week of January 13th.) More Than Words will be held starting Wednesday, January 15th from 9:30-noon. We are also offering It Takes Two to Talk in Spanish, home visits start the week of January 13th.

To enroll or if you have any questions about enrollment, please contact Emily Walsh at 720-235-9367 or or Janine Randol at 303-746-0423 or

To enroll in the Spanish class, please contact Allison Portillo: 720-878-5338 or


Want to Learn More about Hanen? 

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Dayspring is part of Imagine!, a private, not-for profit corporation that has been providing supports for people who have developmental disabilities since 1963.