Community Support

Hanen Programme

The Hanen Programme is an internationally recognised family focused early language and social skills intervention. The programme firmly believes that parents can and should be their child’s most important language teachers. It is a research based programme that provides support to you and your family to make the most of every interaction that you share with your child.

At Ethos we provide two specialised Hanen programmes It takes Two to Talk and More Than Words, to empower you and your family in providing language stimulation to your children.

Parents will

  • Learn to recognise your child’s stage and style of communication so that you know which steps to take
  • Identify what motivates your child to interact with you so you will know how to get conversations started
  • Learn practical strategies to help your child take turns and keep Interactions going in everyday routines
  • Learn language stimulation techniques during daily routines, play, songs, book reading
  • Feel empowered in working with your child on language and communication

Children will

  • Learn to interact with you purposefully with turns
  • Be more confident and be encouraged to communicate
  • Understand language and learn new words
  • Learn to expand on the number of words they can say in an utterance
  • Learn to initiate requests and use language to communicate

For more information on the Hanen programmes click here

My Time

My Time is an opportunity for parents with children who require additional support to take a time out. You can meet other parents in similar situations, swap stories and ideas, and access information from our specialists. My Time is facilitated by our Family Support Coordinator. Click here for more information or to register your interest.

Babies, Books and Blankets

This is a relaxed 30 minute programme for babies up to 24 months of age and their parents. It is an interactive story time focusing on the pleasure of using rhymes, songs and stories together. Please bring a mat or blanket for your baby. Click here for more information or to register your interest.

Tales for Tots

This 45 minute session is suitable for pre-school children and includes stories, finger plays, rhymes, felt-board stories, puppets, songs and activities. A great way to learn how to introduce your child to the pleasure of sharing books and developing their pre-literacy skills. Teddy bears are cordially invited to join! Click here for more information or to register your interest.

PJ StoryTime

Learn how to make the most out of your bedtime story. Reading with your child at bedtime is a great way to help them develop their reading and language skills. Enjoy a fun-filled 45 minutes of stories and activities. Suitable for the whole family. Pajamas are welcome! Click here for more information or to register your interest.

First Four

The First Four group is designed to support children from birth to four years to develop their movement and communication skills. Parents will be involved at all times, strengthening your skills in engaging with your child to support their development. Each session will focus on a different skill that are important to your child’s development and how you can support this at home. This group is suitable for all children up to the age of four. Click here for more information or to register your interest.

Daddy Cool

It’s not touchy, freely, pink and fluffy stuff! It’s about helping father’s and male caregivers learn how to play and interact with their children in age and developmentally appropriate ways. Open to all father’s and their children. Click here for more information or to register your interest.

Allies for ASD

Meet other parents, share your experiences, learn about ASD. Allies are personally affected by autism or are part of the ASD community. They may be a parent, family member, care giver or professional. Allies for ASD is facilitated by our Family Support Coordinator. Click here for more information or to register your interest.

SuperSibs

Growing up with a brother or sister who requires additional support, whether this be mental or physical, seen or unseen, is a unique, challenging and potentially rewarding experience. Sibs provides a fun and supportive space where children who have sibling with special needs can get together, share information, and access support. Click here for more information or to register your interest.