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.


    ***COVID-19: Please note that this program can now be delivered online by practitioners who are certified to do so by the Hanen Organisation in order to offer support that follows government guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
    Please find more information about this here.***
    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. The program is designed to give parents practical strategies to help their children learn language through natural interactions.

    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, in order to know which steps to take next
    • identify what motivates children to interact with parents, to help parents 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 children, to help them learn language
    • change the way parents speak to their children, so that they will understand and learn new words.

    Programs include:

    • 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. Families are videotaped practising strategies to help achieve specific communication goals. Families and the speech pathologist then watch the taped interaction to gauge what's helping the child, and what could help further.

    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.

    Priority Area


    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3 - Promising research evidence