Hanen: Learning Language and Loving It®


Hanen®: Learning Language and Loving It training is conducted by certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Heather Mitchell. Heather has over 12 years experience as an SLP and has completed a number of other Hanen® course work and parent training events.

The Learning Language and Loving It® training consists of:

  • 1 – Orientation Session 1 to 1.5 hours
  • 8 – 2.5 to 3 hour workshops
  • 6 – individual video tape sessions (10 minutes each) for each participant
  • 6 – individual video feedback sessions (30 minutes each) for each participant
  • All Learning Language and Loving It® workbooks
  • 2 hour follow up group session after 2 months of the completion of the program

The Learning Language and Loving It® program is offered over 15 weeks and can be offered in the evenings or on Saturday mornings depending on what works best with the early childhood centres’ schedule. We can offer the training sessions at our clinic or at the early childhood centres. Training workshops will be comprised of group activities, workbooks, videos and interactive lectures.

These workshops will teach educators how to apply the following three clusters of responsive strategies in their classroom:

  1. Child-oriented strategies encourage children to initiate and engage in conversational interactions so that educators can then provide responsive language input on the child’s topic of interest – strategies include: Observe, Wait and Listen; Be Face to Face; Follow the Child’s Lead (Imitate, Interpret, Comment); Join In and Play.
  2. Interaction-promoting strategies encourage extended, balanced conversations between educators and children in both one-to-one and small group interactions. This involves listening carefully to the children, tailoring responses to their interests and not dominating the conversation – strategies include: Cue the Child to Take a Turn; Use a Variety of Questions to Encourage Conversation; Balance Comments and Questions; Scan Small Groups (carefully observe each child to facilitate her/his participation and interaction).
  3. Language-modeling strategies build children’s receptive and expressive language skills, as well as their emergent literacy knowledge by providing models of more advanced oral language and emergent literacy knowledge – strategies include: Use a Variety of Labels (use nouns, verbs, adjectives and include unfamiliar words); Expand on What the Child Says; Extend the Topic (by modeling decontextualized language).

Weitzman et al, 2006; Weitzman & Greenberg, 2002

For more information on the program please see the attached:

Learning Language and Loving It® research summary- LLLI-research-summary-web (dragged) 2