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The parent and child relationship is a life-long journey of learning and discovery. This may be exceptionally true for parents raising a child on the autism spectrum. Access to quality and timely information is critical for parents of children on the autism spectrum, so that they can support their child to reach their full potential.

Aspect Therapy offers a range of Parent Training programs focussed on families developing a greater understanding of autism and the impact that an individual child’s autism has upon his/her learning, development and behaviour.

Programs include the internationally renowned parent training programs Hanen More Than Words™ and Hanen Talkability™; PBS Plus, a behaviour support training programs which guides families in preventing and managing behaviours of concern; Autism in the Early Years Training program, which supports families learning and development across a broad range of areas; and a publication series designed to support families and service providers implement best practice intervention strategies.

Hanen Parent Training Programs

Aspect Therapy offers internationally renowned parent training programs Hanen More Than Words™ and Hanen Talkability™. Hanen parent training programs support parents and other caregivers to learn how to promote children's language and literacy development during everyday activities. Hanen programs are based on the most current research in early childhood language development, and transform this research into practical, easy-to-use strategies. These workshop programs are presented by Aspect Hanen-certified speech pathologists.

Hanen More Than Words™

The More Than Words™ Program is designed for parents of children aged up to 5 on the autism spectrum. The program empowers parents by providing the tools, strategies and support they need to help their young child achieve successful communication outcomes.

  • Giving parents practical skills to help their children understand, and by providing more opportunities for communication
  • Providing positive opportunities to engage with their child and developing play skills
  • Help to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities
  • Help to manage behaviours through understanding communicative intent

The More than Words™ program includes:

  • Eight group and three individual sessions delivered by practitioners trained in the delivery of the program
  • Individual video feedback sessions so parents can reflect upon what is happening
  • ‘More Than Words’ parent guidebook

Hanen Talkability™

The Talkability™ program is designed for verbal children aged 3-7 years who have difficulties with their social communication. The program focusses on supporting parent’s skills in developing their child’s “people skills”. People skills include paying attention to the social conversation and what others may be thinking, learning about body language and facial expression, and how to maintain peer friendships.

  • Giving parents practical skills to develop their child’s verbal communication skills
  • Developing a child’s conversation skills
  • Developing a child’s social interaction skills
  • Developing imaginative play and problem solving skills
  • Teaching higher level thinking and understanding non-verbal gestures and communication

The Talkability™ program includes:

  • Ten group and four individual sessions delivered by practitioners trained in the delivery of the program
  • Individual video feedback sessions so parents can reflect upon what is happening
  • ‘Talkability™ Parent Guidebook’

Program locations will be based on demand. For more information and to register your interest for Hanan parent Training Programs please contact Aspect Therapy.

PBS plus

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Plus program is an 8-week training and coaching program to be delivered to parents of children on the autism spectrum. The program is based on the principles and practices of Positive Behaviour Support and is delivered in collaboration with the child’s local support team (educators and allied health professionals). PBS is based on the science of learning and there is strong evidence for PBS as an effective approach for improving quality of life and addressing behaviours of concern.

The PBS Plus program combines five group training sessions and three home or preschool/school observation and coaching sessions. Families will all receive a copy of the Aspect Guide for Positive Behaviour Support which will guide the training and implementation procedures and is based on best practice PBS.

  • Focussing on family strengths and the development of goals and measurable outcomes
  • Building confidence in setting up Autism friendly environments for an individual on the spectrum
  • Focussing on 1 or 2 behaviours of concern and develop plans for behaviour change
  • Supporting families to implement strategies to reduce behaviours of concern
  • Working collaboratively with the child’s support team to increase child and family participation in mainstream activities
  • Setting up a potential parent support network in their local area

Group sessions include:

  • How to capitalise on your family strengths
  • “Why is this behaviour happening?” Making the link between your child’s autism and behaviour.
  • Creating an autism friendly environment – setting up your home for success
  • Creating an individual behaviour support plan – creating lasting change
  • Creating a response plan – how to respond when emotions take over

Program locations, including an online model, will be based on demand. To register your interest for the PBS Plus Training Programs please contact Aspect Therapy.

Autism in the Early Years Parent Training Program

Access to quality and timely information is key for families who are raising a child on the autism spectrum in the early years. Aspect Therapy will be delivering a 6-session group training program focussed on families developing a greater understanding of autism and the impact that an individual child’s autism has upon his/her learning, development and behaviour. Families will also be supported to understand their child’s strengths, abilities, interests and needs and develop greater confidence, competence and resilience to foster and support their child’s learning, development and well-being. This will support families to enjoy a positive relationship with their children as they move along their journey.

Families will also have the opportunity to connect with others sharing a similar experience and develop a local support network.

  1. Understanding Autism in the Early Years
  2. Communication and Visual Supports
  3. Importance of Play
  4. Sensory Processing
  5. PBS in Early Childhood
  6. Transition to School

Program locations, including an online model, will be based on demand. To register your interest for the Autism in the Early Years Parent Training Program in your area please contact Aspect Therapy.

Publications

Aspect Therapy has produced a series of guides to help you and the children you support to manage day-to-day activities and the necessary changes in life. The procedures and strategies in these guides are based on the results of educational research and years of practical experience.

Titles include the following:

For more information on the availability of Aspect Therapy in your area, contact us via telephone or email:

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