Friday, August 4, 2017

It Takes Two to Talk Guidebook {product review}

As you may know, I completed The Hanen Centre training for More Than Words back in April.  I'm so excited today to talk about another one of their resources, It Takes Two To Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays.

I have so many late talkers on my caseload right now, so I was excited to have a new resource in my library.  This book is designed for parents, caregivers, SLPs, and other professionals.  It provides information on how to encourage communication and language skills through everyday activities and interactions.

The following chapters are included:
Chapter 1: Learn More About Your Child's Communication
Chapter 2: Let Your Child Lead
Chapter 3: Follow Your Child's Lead
Chapter 4: Take Turns to Keep the Interaction Going
Chapter 5: Use Routines to SPARK an Interaction
Chapter 6: Add Language to the Interaction
Chapter 7: Let's Play
Chapter 8: Sharing Books
Chapter 9: Moving Forward with Music

What is fantastic about the book is how informative and on the parents' level it is.  It is written in a way for all to understand the strategies.  The strategies themselves are extremely practical and are fairly easy for parents to implement.  I have taken the strategies, demonstrated them in therapy to the parents, and then they try them at home.

The book is full of helpful charts that are laid out by the stages of communication.  That way, each parent can read exactly what they need to do for his/her child.

Here's an example of one of the strategies.  They are practical and have pictures to help illustrate them.

You can see more example pages from the book here.

In summary, this is a book that I will refer my parents to time and time again.  It is practical and on their level.  It is full of strategies that we, as SLPs, use all of the time.  Now it's put in parent-friendly language for them to fully understand and put into practice at home.

If you are interested in the research behind the book and the whole It Takes Two To Talk, check out this page.

If you are interested in this guidebook, you can purchase it here at The Hanen Centre.

Note: A copy of this book was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 

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