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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.

 NEXT DATES in 2022/23

 smiLE Therapy Online Training 

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

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


     Day3 JAN  19th & 20th 2023 (mornings only 9-12) 

     Day3 MAY 18th  & 19th 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

  • 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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