Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk

It Takes Two to Talk® is a programme developed by The Hanen Centre for parents of children aged between 0 – 5 years old who have a language delay.



This programme is led by Claire Walshe, EPT Clinic’s Senior Speech and Language Therapist who received specialist training  from The Hanen Centre.


It Takes Two To Talk® is a programme developed by The  Hanen Centre for parents of children aged between 0 – 5 years old who have a language delay.


This is an evidenced-based programme recommended by the HSE and the NHS for children  under 5 years. Research studies have shown that children’s communication skills improve when parents learn how to use this programme’s strategies to support their child’s language

“The It Takes Two to Talk Program has given life a whole new meaning — it’s brighter, happier, less confusing/frustrating. We have learned new and wonderful ways to communicate with our daughter and she with us.”

– A parent in County Westmeath, Ireland


“I have just completed It Takes Two to Talk. What a difference this has made to the quality of life for my little girl. She is more confident and will initiate a conversation and join in activities. Several weeks ago she would not have done so.”
– Patricia, mother of four-year-old Kelly

Why do parents attend the programme?

Parents are the most important people in their child’s life. Parents can be a great support to help develop their child’s communication skills. In the It Takes Two to Talk® programme you will learn practical and effective strategies to support your child’s language development and interaction skills to support them to communicate in their daily activities.

Through these daily activities your  child’s communication skills will grow. These skills will help your child learn new words and ideas. You will learn how to involve your child in back and forth conversations, even before they can talk!

What does the It Takes Two to Talk® Programme include?


  • 8 informative and personal sessions in small groups for parents only. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with other parents whose children also have a language delay.
  • Plus 3 individual video-based consultations with the Hanen certified speech and language therapist during which you will review videos, talk about the communication goals for your child and what specific strategies you use.

Details of the IT Takes Two to Talk® Programme


  • Running from the 14th September to the 23rd November, 2022 inclusive of 8 parent group sessions and 3 individual video-feedback sessions.
  • Wednesday evenings from 5-7 pm
  • With Claire Walshe – Hanen Certified Speech and Language Therapist
  • For Parents of children aged between 0 – 4 years and 11 months old who have a language delay.
  • In person, at the EPT Clinic, Floor 2, Smithlands Shopping Centre, Kilkenny.

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