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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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 please contact us.

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COURSES for 2020:

smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day 3

Venue: Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, London Bridge, London

April 24th 2020

smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day 1 & Day 2

Venue: Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, London Bridge, London

November 19th & 20th 2020


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.


  @ Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, London 

  • smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training:                  Day3 RCSLT, London April 24th 2020 

  • smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day1 RCSLT, London Nov 19th 2020

  • smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training: Day2 RCSLT, London Nov 20th 2020  


  2020 BESPOKE smiLE Therapy Training DAY 1 

  • Royal School for the Deaf, Derby, 17th Jan 2020

  • Parayhouse School, Hammersmith, London,31st Jan 2020

  • Heartlands School, SEN Dept, London 24th Jan 2020

  • EastCoast Comty HealthcareNHS,Norfolk,13th March 2020


  2019 BESPOKE  smiLE Therapy Training DAY 1 

  • Manor School, Brent, 6th September 2019

  • City University student SLTs , 13th Sept 2019

  • Phoenix School, Tower Hamlets, 18th Oct 2019

  • Bradford District Care NHS FT ,1st Nov 2019

  • Greenwich&Bexley, Oxleas NHS, 5th Nov 2019

  smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training

  • Islington, Whittington Health, 6/12,9/12 & Jun 2020

  Bespoke training not open to the public

  smiLE Therapy Taster sessions for 2019:

  • London ASD CEN, Friends House, Euston, 1st April 2019

  • City University PostGrad SLTs, 4th April 2019

  • Special Schools CEN, 3rd June 2019

  • London Secondary SLT CEN, RCSLT, 28th June 2019

  • Essex Uni SLTs, 5th July 2019

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About Us

Karin Schamroth and team have trained all over the UK since 2008. We run training regularly at the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, London and at The Ear Foundation, Nottingham. We provide bespoke training to your local team (NHS, Council, Independent Practice), school, college, university or Clinical Excellence Network.


We train Speech & Language Therapists, Specialist Teachers, Teachers of the Deaf, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, University Students, Communication Support Workers & Learning Support Assistants from Special Schools, Deaf Schools & Bases (oral/aural or signing),

Mainstream schools & 18-25 Colleges.

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For further information about smiLE Therapy please  Contact us


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