- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Hanen Centre; Ill edition (July 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0921145144
- ISBN-13: 978-0921145141
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More Than Words: Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Ill Edition
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From the Publisher
The family-focused More Than Words Program and More Than Words guidebook were developed by The Hanen Centre and are offered to parents around the world. The Hanen Centre, a charitable organization, helps young children with or at risk for language delays communicate to the best of their abilities by developing books, videos, and programs for parents, educators and other important people in childrens lives.
About the Author
Fern Sussman, BA, DSPA, resides in Toronto, Ontario where she is program co-ordinator for More Than Words, The Hanen Program for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has more than 25 years experience working with families of young children who have communication challenges as well as the children themselves. Ms. Sussman developed the More Than Words Program for the Hanen Centre. The program teaches parents how to structure everyday activities, such as getting dressed or playing with toys, to help their child learn to communicate.
In addition to being the author of the parent guidebook, More Than Words, based on the content of the program, Ms. Sussman and wrote and directed an accompanying teaching videotape. Fern Sussman speaks on the Hanen approach to helping children with autism communicate and conducts training programs for Speech Language Pathologists and other professionals all over the world. Currently she is developing a new program and guidebook on social skills for families with young verbal children with autism.
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Top Customer Reviews
Before reading this book, I wasn't really sure exactly what type of speech delay he had, or what the future held for us. This book definitely outlined the types of delays that are typical and how to get them to the next level. Before this book, I didn't even understand what the next level would be. I knew conversation was a goal of ours, but it just seemed in the the distant future. Now we have attainable goals and methods to get there.
My son has not been diagnosed with autism, but he fits the descriptions in this book. With the help and suggestions in "More than Words," my son has already started expressing ideas that he wasn't last week. I also recommend the "action" flash cards advertised on amazon as well. The photos are bright and colorful - and my son loves them!
I would recommend this book to anyone with a child with a speech/comprehension delay.
Be sure to take the More Than Words program if it is offered in your area. It teaches how to use visuals to help your child through routines, and even gets your ASD child to participate in reading. Get your services to pay for this parent training program. Studies have shown that children progress at a faster rate with parents involvement (the latest study by the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) has parents work with their child 5 hours a week). The Hanen Program works and makes sense.