STEVENS POINT — Parents of children up to age 5 with language delays have a new opportunity for improving communication strategies and gaining support in a small group setting at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The It Takes Two to Talk program for parents is offered through UW-Stevens Point’s Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. It uses the internationally known Hanen Program to help parents identify a child’s stage and style of communication and become a child’s most important language teacher.

Parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout the day, identify what motivates children to interact through conversation and adjust everyday routines to help children take turns and keep interactions going. Parents also benefit through connecting with other parents in similar situations.

The program includes eight two-hour small group sessions led by a Hanen-certified speech-language pathologist, plus three individual sessions with parent(s), child and speech-language pathologist to provide family-specific practice of learned skills.

A free information session will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, in the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic in the College of Professional Studies Building, 1901 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Regular sessions will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 10-Dec. 12 at the clinic.

The $200 fee includes the group and individual training sessions and an initial evaluation of your child. Participants must register by Oct. 3. A sliding scale fee is available.

To register for the program or info session, or for more information, visit or contact Pamela Terrell of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at or 715-346-3423.

Photo courtesy UW-Stevens Point. The It Takes Two to Talk program at UW-Stevens Point offers support and instruction for parents with young children who have language delays.