The early years are especially crucial for verbal children on the autism spectrum because they still face special communication challenges. Often, these children find it difficult to: 

  • Have conversations with others 
  • Play with children their own age 
  • Talk about things that interest someone else 
  • Change a routine without becoming frustrated 

If you’ve noticed more than one of these difficulties in your child, the TalkAbility Program can help. Specifically designed for parents of verbal children ages 3-7 years and up with social communication difficulties, the TalkAbility Program teaches parents practical ways to help their child learn people skills.

By “people skills”, we mean the ability to “tune in” to the thoughts and feelings of others by paying attention to non-verbal cues such as body language, facial expressions, eye gaze, and tone of voice. The ability to consider other points of view and to have empathy for others is essential for successful conversations and for making friends. Children with social communication difficulties require extra help to develop these skills.

When you take the TalkAbility Program, you’ll learn: 

  • How your child carries on conversation and the next steps to take to help him have back-and-forth conversations 
  • How to encourage your child to pay attention to the social messages people send non-verbally 
  • How to talk so your child can tune in to what others are thinking ; help them appreciate another person<s feelings and point of view 
  • How to help your child tell stories and play imaginatively 
  • How to help your child make friends 

Program Components 

  • Informative and personal classes for small groups of parents 
  • A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist who leads the program and has received special training from The Hanen Centre 
  • A pre-program consultation for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist 
  • Individual video feedback sessions of you interacting with your child, so you can “see” what is helping and what else you can do 
  • Individual video feedback of your child playing with another child so you can “see” how you help their interaction

TalkAbility™ — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum


Fall 2023 – Wednesdays – Starting September 20th 2023 (from 9:30am-12:00pm) consisting of 9 x 2.5 hour workshops (once per week) with Individual Videofeedback Consultations on the remaining 4 weeks (a total of 4 videos) 

Automne 2023 – les mercredis, 20 septembre 2023 – le 20 décembre 2023 (de 9 h 30 à midi) composé de 9 ateliers de 2,5 heures (une fois par semaine) avec des consultations vidéo individuelles sur les 4 semaines restantes (un total de 4 vidéos)

For any questions / questions:
(705) 855-9990

Service provided by: Breakthrough