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More Than Words

More Than Words® is a family-focused, social pragmatic intervention program for parents of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Social Pragmatic Language Disorders. Developed by expert speech-language pathologists at The Hanen Centre, the goal of More Than Words® is to empower parents to become the primary facilitator of their child’s communication and language development, thereby maximizing the child’s opportunities to develop communication skills in everyday situations. More Than Words® addresses the needs of both non-verbal and verbal children with ASD under the age of 5. The program is offered by the Center for Independence at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Professionals from Speech-Language Pathology will work with parents who participate in this program.

Who should participate?

Parents of 5-year-old or younger children with ASD or Social Pragmatic Language Disorders.

What will they learn?

More Than Words® will help parents learn:

  • How your child currently communicates and the next steps to take
  • How your child learns best and how to take advantage of these preferences
  • What motivates your child to communicate
  • How to turn everyday activities into opportunities for learning to communicate
  • How to use pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
  • How to talk so that your child can understand you
  • How to develop your child’s play skills
  • Why your child behaves in certain ways and what you can do about these behaviors
  • How to help your child make friends

Where is More Than Words held?

The program will be held at the Center for Independence, Children’s PineCenter, Suite 202. Children’s Pine Center is at 11279 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090.
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When are the sessions?

More than Words® includes:

  • A pre-program assessment and baseline videotaping of parent-child interaction
  • A minimum of seven sessions of group training for parents
  • Three individual video feedback sessions for each parent attending the program

How do I get more information?

For more information and to begin the intake process, call the Center for Independenceat 724-933-9286.

Last Update
January 29, 2013
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Last Update
January 29, 2013