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smiLE Therapy was created in 2002 to give Deaf students a structured and meaningful way to learn essential communication and social skills for everyday use in the mainstream hearing world. 

Since 2009 smiLE Therapy has successfully supported children, young people and adults who are Deaf, have Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Language Disorders, Multi-Sensory Impairment and Physical Disability. It is also used with some Autistic students. Now used in mainstream and specialist schools from primary to secondary, post 16 and 18-25 settings across the UK. It explicitly builds communicative skills resilience for everyday encounters in the community, so promoting independence and inclusion. Crucially, parent training supports generalisation of skills to the wider community.

smiLE Therapy: 

Functional communication and social skills for deaf students and students with special needs

Karin Schamroth with Emma Lawlor 

Routledge, 2015

Available from Routledge Publishing and through major booksellers

FREE one hour online smiLE Therapy Taster sessions

for your NHS Team, Local   Education Authority, School, Clinical Excellence Network, University, Auditory Implant Team,   Independent Therapy Team, ASLTIP regional group.


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smiLE Therapy Training Next Dates in 2023:

Day1 OCT 12th & 13th 2023 (mornings only 9-12) 

Day2 OCT 16th & 17th 2023 (mornings only 9-12)

2024 Dates

Day1 MAR 7th & 8th 2024 (mornings only 9-12) 

Day2 MAR 11th & 12th 2024 (mornings only 9-12)

smiLE Therapy Training comprises:

  1. Day One and Day Two training, across x4 mornings online

  2. Individual phone mentoring to support you with delivering your first module

  3. ‘How to run smiLE parent workshops’ training: 1.5 hours online, pre Day Three

  4. Day Three, across x2 mornings online: approx 5-6 months after DayTwo

  5. Ongoing CPD free access to termly Q&A online sessions: 1.5 hours

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Presentations & Conferences coming up:

29.06.23 Sally Morgan & Karin Schamroth present at the 2023 Linking Research to Practice Event at the Centre For Language and Communication Science Research, School for Health and Psychological Sciences, City, University of London. How a service evaluation by students can help answer a question - Could I use smiLE therapy with teenagers with Down Syndrome?

22.06.23 Sally Morgan presents a poster at the British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) Annual Scientific Meeting, Sheffield. Conference theme is Learning Disabilities: Is SmiLE therapy feasible, acceptable and can support communication development for teenagers with Down Syndrome.


Congratulation to City, London University Students for their 2022 dissertations on smiLE Therapy with adolescents with Down Syndrome: Is smiLE Therapy feasible and effective for adolescents with Down Syndrome: A service evaluation. E. Anning (BSc), J. Jakubowicz  (BSc), A. Saxby (MSc), S. Rowlands (MSc).
BATOD NATIONAL CONFERENCE (British Association of Teachers of Deaf Children & Young People) 24.09.22. We are delighted that Hadiqa, together with Karin Schamroth, Sarah Caffrey (QVI ) and Teressa Willis (QTOD) presented on her teenage journey  "Hadiqa’s teenage journey to independence, self-advocacy and well being with smiLE Therapy". She explained how, as a Deaf and Visually Impaired (VI) young woman, she has gained confidence to be independent in everyday interactions.  smiLE Therapy modules from the age of 12 to 16 have helped her learn the skills she needed. Hadiqa explained how she recently learned to shop independently at Sainsbury’s and what this means for her confidence and positive mental health. 

NEXT DATES in 2023

smiLE Therapy Online Training


Day1 OCT 12th & 13th 2023 (mornings only 9-12) 

Day2 OCT 16th & 17th 2023 (mornings only 9-12)


Follow up from March Day 1 & 2 training

Day3 NOV 16th & 17th 2023 (mornings only 9-12)

2024 Dates

Day1 MAR 7th & 8th 2024 (mornings only 9-12) 

Day2 MAR 11th & 12th 2024 (mornings only 9-12)

smiLE Therapy free 1 hour online

Tasters for 2023

  • Taster Thursday 09.11.23 @3pm UK time

  •  University of East Anglia 19.10.23 

  • Taster Tuesday 10.10.23 @3pm UK time 

  • Taster New Zealand & Australia 20.07.23 

  • Beyond Autism 6th Form and Post-19 Team 06.07.23

  • Sheffield Comm. Learning Disability Team 04.07.23

  • The London Children's Practice SLTs 28.06.23

  • ​University College London Student SLTs 15.06.23

  • Taster 22.06.23 @3pm UK time 

  • NELFT NHS Waltham Forest 07.06.23

  • Taster 23.05.23 @3pm UK time 

  • Taster for New Zealand 10.05.23 8-9am local time

  • TODs, Sensory Service Team, Leicester City 

  • Taster 20.04.23 @3pm UK time 

  • Government of Jersey SLT Services 30.03.23

  • Taster 23.03.23 @3pm UK time 

  • Bristol Sensory Service Team 14.03.23

  • Taster 28.02.23 @3pm UK time 

  • Magic Words Therapy 23.02.23

  • Speaking Space SLT Practice 14.02.23

  • Taster 09.02.23 @3pm UK time 

  • Beyond Autism Schools Taster 07.02.23

  • Evelina, London NHS Service Taster 07.02.23

  • Taster 26.01.23 @3pm UK time

  • Birmingham University Taster 11.01.23

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to book training, arrange bespoke training at your workplace or to arrange a FREE Taster for your CEN / University / Education Authority / NHS Trust / School

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