Children aged 5 and under who are on the Autism Spectrum often have social communication difficulties can find it difficult to interact meaningfully with others. The "More than Words" programme was developed for parents to help their children reach full potential by empowering the adult with knowledge and strategies to improve social communication, play and imitation skills.
Everyday activities such as mealtimes, storytimes and bath times become ideal and fun opportunities to learn, communicate and develop skills!
- What motivates your child to communicate.
- How to use your knowledge about your child to set appropriate and realistic goals.
- How to make interactions with your child last longer.
- Guidance on using pictures and text to reinforce/aid understanding.
- Strategies on how to talk so that your child understands you.
- Ways of developing your child's play skills.
- How to help your child make friends.
Evidence Based and developed by expert Speech and Language Pathologists (please see the outline of research on the embedded PDF above) Extensive research has shown that when parents interact with their child in specific ways that motivate, encourage and support communication, they can make a significant difference to their child's social and communication development. Based on this research, the More Than Words® guidebook provides parents with simple strategies they can use during everyday routines and activities to help their child interact more meaningfully with others and experience less frustration.
“More Than Words is a ‘must-have’ reference for parents of children with ASD, and for professionals supporting parents. More Than Words addresses the very specific challenges posed by children with ASD, using strategies drawn from and based on the Hanen Program, an empirically validated, child-centred developmental approach to supporting children’s communication development.”
- Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Director, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI. Adjunct Professor, Brown University Center for the Study of Human Development”
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