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smiLE Therapy was created in 2002 to to explicitly develop pragmatic skills in Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students. It gives DHH 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 DHH, have Down Syndrome, Learning Difficulties, Developmental Language Disorders, Multi-Sensory Impairment and Physical Disability. It is also used with some Autistic students, where criteria and pre-requisites apply, and where smiLE Therapy is delivered in a way that ensures it is neurodiverse-affirming. Now used in mainstream, specialist schools and additionally resourced provisions from primary to secondary, post 16 and 18-25 settings across the UK. It 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 2024:

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

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

Day1 OCT 10th & 11th 2024 (mornings only 9-12) 

Day2 OCT 14th & 15th 2024 (mornings only 9-12)

smiLE Therapy Training comprises:

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

  2. smiLE with Autistic students training, 1.5 hours online following Day 2

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

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

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

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

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Masters Thesis Distinction in smiLE Therapy from University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik, Zürich, Switzerland

September 2023: Congratulations to Isabelle Spaeti Suard, Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, who gained a distinction for her Masters Thesis:

smiLE Therapy: Fünktionales Kommunikationstraining in deutscher Sprache. Durchfuhrung mit einer Gruppe von Jugendlichen mit Hor- und Kommunikationsbeeintrachtigung. Department of 

Special Needs Education for the hard of hearing and deafUniversity of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education (HfH)


26/27 April 2024 Karin Schamroth will present at the 2024 FEAPDA Conference (European Federation of Associations of Teachers of Deaf Children & Young People) in Dublin. How smiLE Therapy supported a deaf and visually impaired teenager on their journey to independence and self-advocacy across seven years.

29.06.23 Sally Morgan & Karin Schamroth presented 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.  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 2024

smiLE Therapy Online Training

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

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

Follow up from Oct 2023 Day1&2 training

Day3 MAY16th & 17th 2024 (mornings only 9-12)

Day1 OCT 10th & 11th 2024 (mornings only 9-12) 

Day2 OCT 14th & 15th 2024 (mornings only 9-12)


Follow up from March 2024 Day1&2 training

Day3 NOV 14th & 15th 2024 (mornings only 9-12)

smiLE Therapy free 1 hour online

Tasters for 2024

  • NELFT NHS Havering  24.09.24

  • Taster Thursday19.09. 24 @3pm UK time

  • Oxfordshire CC SENSS Team 17.04.24

  • Taster Tuesday 16.04. 24 @3pm UK time

  • Scottish Sensory Centre Thurs14.03.24 4-5pm

  • Taster Tuesday 27.02. 24 @3pm UK time

  • Taster Thursday 18.01.24 @3pm UK time

  • Somerset  Council Hearing support 16.01.24

  • Newham Council, Lister Unit 24.11.23

  • 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 + P19 06.07.23

  • Sheffield Learning Disability Team 04.07.23

  • The London Children's Practice SLTs 28.06.23

  • ​University College London 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 

  • 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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