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Let’s Talk — Speech & Language Workshop for families with SEN children

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Let’s Talk — Speech & Language Workshop for families with SEN children

Assessment & Training Content

Language development screening for children (Pre-training)

• Must be referred by the funding organisation/ social worker/ kindergarten, participate in a 1-hour language and communication ability screening conducted by the organising unit (Quota: Maximum 30 children and their parents)

Content Duration Remarks
Language development screening for children 30 hours For each participant:
Screening: 45 mins
Report (10 mins)
Individual training for children

Based on the results of screening, the training requirement needed and the participation levels of children and their parents, the organising unit will select up to 10 cases that require intensive family training to participate in 5 speech therapy sessions and 5 counselling sessions (behavioural, emotional & learning) in each cohort. The project serves 2 cohorts and would benefit a total of 20 children and their families.

Evidence-based workshop for parents
Evidence-based workshop for parents

“It Takes Two To Talk® , designed by The Hanen Centre in Canada, is a workshop for parents with children who are aged 0-6, with language delay or impaired language development due to developmental difficulties. It is conducted by speech therapist who is certified to teach “It Takes Two To Talk®” – The Hanen Program®. The workshop combines theories in speech therapy and clinical practice for parents, in which the therapist will individually instruct parents about the strategies when communicating with children with language difficulties. The workshop aims to allow parents to use what they have learnt and engage in a positive interaction with their children, which strengthens children’s communication ability. 

Targets: Parents or primary caretakers (This workshop is specifically designed for children who are aged 0-6, not acquired spoken language or only able to use short sentences; suspected Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), diagnosed or suspected language delay or with other developmental difficulties)

Sessions Highlights Remarks
Session 1 Orientation & Observation, Wait and Listen (O.W.L)
  • Therapist will observe and record the interaction between parents and children during Video feedback; live discussion will also be held (duration: 45 mins)
  • The feedback session will be done between session 2 & 3, session 5 & 6 and session 7 & 8
  • Therapist will make an appointment with parents for video feedback
Session 2 Suiting children's preference
Family interaction video session (Parents & Children attend together)
Session 3 Maintaining positive interactions
Session 4 Add Language to your Interactions
Session 5 How language helps children's understanding
Family interaction video session (Attended by parents & children)
Session 6 Build Child’s Language during Play
Session 7 Turn Book Reading into a Conversation
Family interaction video session (Attended by parents & children)
Session 8 Music and Parent-child Interaction

Equipment testing and questionnaires (Only provided to 10 participants of the project, conducted before and after the intensive training)

Aside from a series of equipment testing provided by I-WELL, our team also suggests the addition of a biological measurement of the level of Oxytocin in participants. Studies have found that parent-child interaction would lead to an increase in Oxytocin level. Oxytocin is usually known as the ‘love hormone’ and plays a vital role in mental health and social behaviour.
With the help of the new experimental equipment in our centre, we can determine whether the connection between parents and children has improved after participating in the workshop. Researchers will collect samples of saliva from children and their parents before and after the workshop for analysing and comparison of Oxytocin level. Through evidence-based analysis and research, we are able to understand the developmental needs of toddlers and children more effectively.

Age group
Aged 3-4 Aged 5-6
Biological Measures
Oxytocin by sample of saliva

Evidence-based equipment testing: Oxytocin levels Testing and research on comprehensive biological index

For each family:
- Two testing (Pre- & Post-training)
- Data analysis
- Evaluation report

The Test of Variables of Attention T.O.V.A.
Eye tracker Emotion
Raven IQ Test
Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL)
Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF)
McArthur Bates Communication Development Inventory (CDI- Chinese version)

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Let’s Talk — Speech & Language Workshop for families with SEN children