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Hanen Programs

The Hanen Programs are parent education prgrammes for parents of children on the autism spectrum run by the Hanen Centre in Ontario, Canada.

The More than Words program is a family-focused programme that gives parents of children on the autism spectrum and related social communication difficulties, practical tools to help their children communicate.

The TalkAbility program is similar but is designed for families with children aged three to seven on the mild end of the autism spectrum.

Both programmes teach parents to detect and respond appropriately to the individual child's attempts to communicate however subtle, strange or even challenging these attempts may appear.

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