More than Words®
What is More Than Words®?
More Than Words® is designed specifically for parents of children aged 0-5 on the autism spectrum or with other social communication difficulties. The program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support to help their child to reach their full communication potential. At EarlyEd, the More Than Words® program is run by our Hanen® certified Speech Pathologists. This course includes both parent groups to learn strategies, and home sessions to help you practice them with your child. You can discuss with staff the specific communication goals you have for your child.
Through the More Than Words® program, you will learn:
- How your child learns best and what motivates them to communicate
- How to use your knowledge of your child to set realistic goals
- Ways to improve your interactions with your child
- How to interpret what your child is trying to tell you
- How to help reduce your child’s frustration
- How to follow your child’s lead
- How to help your child understand what you say
- How to make interactions with your child last longer and be more meaningful
At EarlyEd we use a family-centred approach, which means that we provide a service that suits you and your child’s current needs. This may involve helping you and your child to generalise the skills learned in More Than Words® to other settings such as childcare or playgroup. You may also need EarlyEd to give support in other areas not covered in More Than Words® such as toileting or motor skill development.
“Helping you turn every moment of your child’s life into an opportunity to communicate” – Hanen®
EarlyEd provides a range of services that can help children who are on the Autism Spectrum. There are many programs available for children with Autism. One of the services EarlyEd provides is the Hanen® program More Than Words®. If you have a child under the age of 6 who has been diagnosed with Autism, this program gives you practical tools to develop your child’s communication skills.
Why are Parents involved in the More Than Words® Program?
Parents are the most important people in their child’s life, as well as their child’s best teacher. As a parent, one of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the help he or she needs to communicate and connect with the world.
Through the More Than Words® program, you learn practical, enjoyable learning strategies to help your child communicate and interact during every day routines and activities such as at meal, story and bath times.
What do EarlyEd families say about the More Than Words® program?
“I felt lost. I didn’t know how to help my child, now I feel more confident about the different ways I can help her.”
“My child has started saying 2 words together. 6 months ago, he wasn’t saying any words.”
“I love learning different strategies each week to practice at home with my child.”