We offer Hanen® family-focussed programs led by our specialist Hanen® certified Speech Pathologists. All Hanen® programs use a combination of group training sessions and individual consultations with each child and their family. This provides a comprehensive and personalised learning experience for each family participating in the program.  

TheMore Than Words® Program 

This program is designed specifically for parents of children ages 6 and under on the Autism spectrum. The program provides you with practical tools, strategies and support to help your child build their communication and social skills during everyday routines and play. 


This program is designed for parents of children on the Autism spectrum ages 4 to 8. The program shows you how to help your child have more extended conversations with adults and peers, how to tune in to messages people send without words, how to understand others’ perspectives and how to expand their play and friendship skills.  

The course cost of $1636.62 can be covered by NDIS funding or private funding. 

What’s involved?

Face-to-face training sessions in small groups are available, together with the online telepractice option. 

  • 5 group parent training sessions (3 hours each). 
  • 2 hours direct coaching with the Speech Pathologist  
  • 2 hours planning 
  • Up to 2 participants per family (participants must have a significant, ongoing role in caring for the child with Autism). 
  • Participants are required to attend the full program. Parent guidebook included. 

Telepractice is similar to taking an online class. The parent-only sessions are live, and you log in to a videoconferencing software that makes it easy to interact with your Speech Pathologist and the other parents in the group. 

What you need for online training:

  • A computer or a tablet (smartphones and cell phones do not have a large enough screen for you to see the slides or the other parents in the group) 
  • Webcam 
  • High speed internet 
  • Email access 
  • Adobe reader (free download) 
  • Printer or scanner or photo capture and transfer (if you want to print out the handouts) 

Upcoming program details: 

Our Hanen® programs will be offered once there is sufficient interest from at least 8 families. 

Kindly complete the form below if you are interested in attending.

Expression of Interest

Please complete the Expression of Interest form below, using the dropdown box to select which program you would be interested in attending.  Alternatively, for more information talk to your Therapist or contact our First Steps team at firststepstraining@autism.org.auor on (08) 6380 5500.  


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