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What others say

What others say

I liked all aspects of the course – how it was simply laid out. It gives the pupils the skills needed to function in everyday life

Lewis, Teacher

In the context of a fast-paced secondary curriculum delivered in the bustle of an inner-city academy, sessions provide a rare opportunity to slow down and, through role play, dissect and explore the minutiae of social interactions in a way that is not usually possible in a normal school day […] particularly valuable as the development of ‘Theory of Mind’ is a known area of risk for deaf adolescents

Tim, Teacher of Deaf Children and Young People

I liked everything! Its great and I can’t wait to use it – the structure it’s following, what it’s going to provide our pupils. So, so much

Lisa, Teacher

This has empowered them to be assertive and take responsibility for explaining their communication needs, but on a much deeper level, I think this is helping them to construct an identity as a deaf young person, incorporating hearing loss in a positive way […] and develops a more confident sense of self for future interactions.”

Tim, Teacher of Deaf Children & Young People

This pupil has to deal with unforeseen situations or people who do not know her, she can face many additional hurdles to overcome with her dual sensory impairment. She can also experience anxiety in wondering ‘will she be understood’ and ‘will she understand the response’, and ‘will she be able to find assistance’. Practising these scenarios in a safe and supported environment, such as smiLE Therapy, has enabled her to prepare for the real world and the challenges she will overcome as an independent adult.

Sarah, Visual Impairment Teacher

"Should be introduced to all Deaf Schools and to adults in the Deaf community, e.g. my brother who’s finished FE (Further Education) and has had an implant for 12 years: learning how the structure is in an interview and how to present yourself would be great."

Communication Support Worker

"Video footage really demonstrated positive outcomes. Encouraging mutual respect amongst pupils would be invaluable here."

Teacher of the Deaf

"Fantastic idea of allowing the student to actually observe their progress using video."

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist in Deafness

"Made me think how important it is to put life skills before some curriculum lessons."

Teacher of the deaf

"Excellent presentation – really deaf aware!"

Communication Support Worker

We can use this with all ages of our students, all abilities, and with both deaf and hearing

Lauren, SLT

I loved the structure & outcome measures - really important in today’s commissioning world. So really useful to be able to demonstrate this so easily.

Andrea, SLT

It’s all about functional communication and children achieving really positive outcomes. Bridges the gap between education settings, family and the real world.

Naomi SLT

Its like watching your own children at sports day! The pride within them is amazing!

Carly, Specialist Learning Support Assistant, on completing her first module

Sometimes we share before and after therapy videos at Education, Health, Care Plan meetings to bring success tangibly to the meeting in a lively way.

Casey, SLT

"Feel there’s potential to use format of smiLE across the curriculum."

Teacher of the deaf

"Excellent day! Allows us to put a case forward for this to be timetabled for our students."

Teacher of the Deaf

"Empowering for both students and staff."

Teacher of the deaf

“Hope to use also with AAC (Alternative & Augmentative Communication) users and across our other departments – ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and SLI (Specific Language Impairment)."

Specialist Speech & Language Therapist in Deafness

"I learned how to talk confident and not panic."

14 Year old Deaf student

For me, smiLE Therapy was the best way to help build my confidence and communication skills. Watching the before and after videos, I could enlarge the image on the iPad and see the difference in my own video. Which skills had stayed, and which things improved and what the difference was in the final video – to realise what we had just learned. Practising a lot in role play made me feel more confident that I could do this in real situations.”

15 year old student, learning to have an online meeting for Work Experience

I’m just very glad I had the opportunity to attend and I will make sure this is implemented in our school

Rhiannon, Teacher

My lightbulb moment was seeing the confidence in pupils, even those with severe difficulties.

Lana, Teacher

I’m so glad we’re doing this!

15 year old student preparing for College Interviews

"Great to see video clips of real children! which served to illustrate your teaching points very well. Lots of ideas for application here at RSD."

Teacher of the deaf

"Can really relate using this approach to each student’s needs in our current cohort."

Teacher of the deaf

"Resources/assessment very practical for students/staff/assessors/feedback purposes, e.g. to parents/LEAs (Local Education Authorities)."

Senior teacher of deaf

"I liked the idea of exploring cultural norms."

Learning Support Assistant

"It’s a very good idea to encourage him to be confident and independent. I believe 100% its important to have this therapy."

Deaf parent of pupil

"I feel this approach will be so useful for all of our pupils."

SLT, Deafness

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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