Parent Education & Workshops

Susie Hawke Speech Pathology offers both training and consultancy services.

Susie can deliver a range of Hanen Programs and develop or modify programs to specific needs/requests.

It Takes Two to Talk

The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents/carers of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay.

The program teaches parents/carers how to become their child’s most important language teacher and shows them how to:

  • Recognise their child’s stage and style of communication so they know which steps to take next
  • Identify what motivates their child to interact so they know how to get conversations started
  • Adjust everyday routines to help their child take turns and keep interactions going
  • Follow their child’s lead to build confidence and encourage their child to communicate
  • Add language to interactions to help their child understand language and then use it when they are ready
  • Tweak the way parents/carers play and read books to help children learn language
  • Change the way they speak to their child so that they’ll understand and learn new words


The program includes:

  • 6-8 training sessions for parents/carers in small, personalised groups
  • A pre-program consultation with the speech-language pathologist
  • Three individual visits with the speech-language pathologist in which parent/carers are videotaped while practicing strategies to “see” what’s helping their child and what they can modify to help even more.


Further information about It Takes Two to Talk can be found at: > It Takes Two to Talk

I’m Ready

The Hanen I’m Ready!™ Program offers parents/carers the chance to help their child (aged 3-5 years old) develop the literacy skills they need before starting school. Parents/carer will learn how they can promote early literacy while reading, but also throughout the entire day. I’m Ready! is ideal for children who are typically developing, at risk of a language delay, or with a mild language delay.

The program includes:

  • 7 training sessions including a required Orientation Session
  • Simultaneous sessions where children continue to build their language and literacy skills with the help of trained support staff
  • Individualised parent coaching from the program leader and support staff throughout the program

Selected sessions of the I’m Ready! Program can also be offered when parents/carers are unable to commit to attending a complete program or there is a limited amount of time for training parents. Several options are available ranging from 1 to 4 group sessions


Further information about I’m Ready can be found at: > I’m Ready