About smiLE Therapy

What does smiLE Therapy teach?

smiLE Therapy teaches students:

  • to become actively responsible for their own communication and learning

  • ways to prevent or repair communication breakdown in face-to-face situations

  • a range of strategies to ensure they communicate their message successfully (hierarchy of communication strategies)

  • strategies to clarify information received

  • to self-evaluate

  • to work with their peers in a group and be respectful

  • socially appropriate behaviours eg. greetings, to wait if another person is busy

How does smiLE Therapy work?

  • complex communication skills are broken down into manageable components.

  • component skills are taught explicitly.

  • students are assessed (using camcorder) on how they manage in a specific communication situation. They know what they are aiming for and why. The ‘what’s in it for me’ factor is high.

  • Evidence Based Practice: before/after outcome measures are integral to each module.

  • a student-centered approach ensures that the needs of the pupils determines the pace of the session.

  • component skills are practiced through role play with sufficient time being given for them to become established.

  • supported generalisation of skills are integral to each module.

  • symbols are used to support understanding and literacy.

  • units are AQA Unit Award Scheme accredited.

  • links directly to PSHE curriculum.

  • social appropriacy in a specific situation is highlighted and taught.

  • awareness of hearing cultural norms is taught for deaf/hearing impaired students.

Who is smiLE Therapy for?

smiLE Therapy is for Primary and Secondary aged students, those in Further Education/Colleges and for Adults, who have communication needs due to eg. Deafness/hearing impairment, Learning Difficulties, Developmental Language Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Physical Difficulties, who need to develop skills to be able to communicate effectively face-to-face in everyday situations.

smiLE Therapy was first developed in 2002 specifically to meet the communication needs of Deaf/hearing impaired students. Students who communicate through spoken language only, those who are BSL (British Sign Language) users only, and those who use SSE (Sign Supported English) learn how to communicate to the best of their abilities, using appropriate strategies where necessary to be able to function maximally in the hearing world around them.

Since 2009, Karin Schamroth has worked alongside Speech & Language Therapists and Teaching Staff to successfully deliver smiLE Therapy to students who have communication needs due to their Learning Difficulties, Physical Disabilities, Autism or Specific Language Impairment.


   ONLINE ​ (due to Covid-19)

  • smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training ONLINE:

       Day1 NOV 11th & 12th (mornings only) 2021

  • smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training ONLINE:

       Day2 NOV 15th & 16th (mornings only) 2021

  • smiLE Therapy Practitioner Training ONLINE:   

       Day3 DEC 9th & 10th (mornings only)

   smiLE Therapy free 1 hour 'Taster sessions' for 2021:

  • Cambridge EAR CEN, Tues 23rd Feb 2021 online

  • Birmingham Uni, Dept. of Education, 11th March online

  • NW CEN Deafness, Wed 17th March 2021 online

  • The Highland Council, 9th June 2021 online

  • University College London, Psychology and Language Sciences, 17th June 2021 online

  2021 BESPOKE smiLE Therapy Training 

  • 21 Together Charity, 19th June 2021

  • Homerton Uni Hosp&Hackney Ed,14th & 15th October 2021

  • Ealing, West London NHS Trust, October 2021

  2020 BESPOKE smiLE Therapy Training 

  • 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 

  • 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

  • Islington, Whittington Health, 6/12/19 ,9/12/19 & Day 3:2021

   Bespoke training not open to the public

 Email us: info@smiletherapytraining.com

 to book training, arrange bespoke training at your 

 workplace or to arrange a free taster for your CEN/Uni