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smiLE Therapy

strategies and measurable interaction in Live English

smiLE Therapy: Functional communication and social skills for deaf students and students with special needs
Karin Schamroth with Emma Lawlor
Routledge, 2015

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 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.  Email us:



 Congratulation to City Uni 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).

  • ​ September 24th 2022  BATOD (British Association of Teachers of the Deaf) NATIONAL CONFERENCE. 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 explains 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. 

  • November 2021  Karin Schamroth and Sarah Caffrey's article in BATOD (British Association of Teachers of the Deaf) magazine  "Preparing for Adulthood with three smiLE Therapy modules" Hadiqa's journey as a deaf and visually impaired young woman to self-advocacy 

  • September 2021 Congratulations to Sandra Redman for presenting her smiLE Therapy Projects with Children & Young People with Downs Syndrome to an online conference in Amsterdam on late language development.

  • January 2020 Congratulations to Casey Jackson for her article in BATOD magazine " ... but what about generalization?" where she shares details of a project using smiLE Therapy, conducted collaboratively with colleagues Tim Meaden (QTOD), Lisa Salter (Specialist Teaching Assistant) and deaf students. 

  • 27th & 28th September 2019 European conference for European Federation of Associations of Teachers of the Deaf (FEAPDA) in North Macedonia. Martina Curtin ran a one-hour workshop on smiLE Therapy for delegates on 27th and on 28th, she presented her fabulous research findings "Training parents in smiLE Therapy: What impact does it have on deaf children's abilities in maintaining and generalising their skills?" 

  • 25th September 2019 Martina Curtin presented at the National Conference for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, Nottingham, on her research "Training parents in smiLE Therapy: What impact does it have on deaf children's abilities in maintaining and generalising their skills?" 

  • 24th June 2019 Deaf Children Now Conference, Manchester University: Training parents in smiLE Therapy: Generalising deaf children’s social communication skills, Martina Curtin & Karin Schamroth 

  • May 2019: Martina Curtin presents at the South East of England Clinical Excellence Network, at City University, on the results of her research. Fabulous quantitative data and qualitative data. We look forward to seeing your work published this year.

  • 7th November 2018 Social Thinking Conference, London. Role Playing in context and practise: Joanna Hoskins and Karin Schamroth. Role play as a powerful tool in language interventions, using smiLE Therapy as an example.

  • See BATOD magazine January 2018  'A day in the life of a teenager at the Royal School for the Deaf Derby' by Helen Starczewski & Caroline Mitchell illustrating how the school’s communication policy works in practice in the Secondary School Department throughout the day through the eyes of a pupil. Includes a smiLE Therapy group developing communication skills for ordering a drink in a cafe independently with confidence. 


To book on one of the training dates below or to arrange bespoke training at your school or workplace or to book an individual mentoring/supervision session contact us or email us at

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COURSES for 2023:

smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day 1


Thurs 9th MAR & Fri 10th MAR 2023 (mornings only 9-12)

smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day 2


Mon 13th MAR & Tues 14th MAR 2023 (mornings only 9-12)​ 

smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day 3


Thurs 18th MAY & Fri 19th MAY 2023 (mornings only 9-12)

Next Dates in 2023:

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

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


smiLE Therapy is a structured, specific therapy for students with special communication needs.  It focuses on the ‘live’  face-to-face interaction between these students and people unfamiliar with their needs, in everyday life situations. Originating in the work of Karin Schamroth and Laura Threadgill, Specialist Speech and Language Therapists in 2002, smiLE Therapy was developed specifically for Deaf/hearing impaired students.

Since 2009, Karin Schamroth has adapted smiLE Therapy for children, young adults and students up to age 25, who are hearing and have other communication needs due to Developmental Language Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities and Austistic Spectrum Disorders.

smiLE Therapy teaches specific communication strategies to manage real situations, such as at the newsagent, in an office, cafe, train station, asking for directions etc. with confidence. smiLE Therapy is systematic, fulfills the learning needs of students and has clear goals and outcomes.

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 NEXT DATES in 2023

 smiLE Therapy Online Training 

     Day1 MAR   9th & 10th 2023 (mornings only 9-12) 

     Day2 MAR 13th & 14th 2023 (mornings only 9-12)


     Day3 MAY 18th  & 19th 2023 (mornings only 9-12) 

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

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


  NEW free CPD for post-Day 3 smiLErs

  Q&A sharing practice: Join us to ask questions, solve           problems & innovate on your smiLE Therapy journey. 

  • 21.03.23 from 3.30-5pm online. Email us to register

  Running smiLE Therapy parent workshops: 

   Learn how to run parent workshops for maximum impact. 

  • 02.03.23 from 3.30-5pm online. Email us to register.


smiLE Therapy free 1 hour online Tasters for 2023

  • University College London Student SLTs 15.06.23

  • Taster 23.05.23 @3pm UK time 

  • 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 


smiLE Therapy free 1 hour online Tasters for 2022

  • International Taster 24.11.22 @3pm UK time

  • Provide CIC, NHS Essex Taster 23.11.22

  • Hamilton Lodge School Taster 22.11.22

  • The Owl Centre Taster 17.11.22

  • International Taster in Deafness 02.11.22                4pm UK time

  • International Taster in Deafness 18.10.22               5pm UK time

  • South West CEN Deafness 18.10.22

  • East Cheshire NHS 27.09.22

  • Barnet Educational Psychology Team 21.09.22

  • International Taster in Autism 01.09.22

  • East Dunbarton Scottish Sensory Team 24.08.22

  • USA Taster in Deafness 22.08.22

  • Central&NW London NHS 28.06.22

  • City University 21.06.22

  • University College London, Psychology and Language Sciences, 16.06.22

  • NELFT NHS Trust, 15.06.22

  • Northern Ireland CEN Deafness 15.06.22

  • Guernsey Island NHS 26.05.22

  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust 16.05.22

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS FT, 04.05.22

  • Emmeline Centre, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge  03.05.22

  • Woodfield Special School, Brent 27.04.22

  • Learning Talking, Waltham Forest 25.04.22

  • SLT Your Healthcare CIC, Kent 20.04.22

  • Lewisham College, 24.03.22

  • Kirklees Sensory Provisions, Huddersfield 22.03.22

  • Eccleston School, Lancashire 14.03.22

  • SpringForward Family Centre, NSW, Australia 03.03.22

  • Philip Morant School and College, Essex 21.02.22

  • Scottish Sensory Centre, 09.02.22

  • University College London, Psychology and Language Sciences, 17.06.21 

  • The Highland Council, 09.06.21 

  • NW CEN Deafness, 17.03.21 

  • Birmingham Uni, Dept. of Education, 11.03.21

  • Cambridge EAR CEN, 23.02.21

  Email us:

  to book training, arrange bespoke training at your 

  workplace or to arrange a FREE Taster for your CEN    / Uni / Education Authority / NHS Trust 


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