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smiLE Therapy: Day 1 training


June 7, 2018

Time09.30 to 16.00
Duration1 day
VenueThe Ear Foundation, Nottingham, UK
TicketsStandard Ticket : £100.00

Day one - 7th June

If you would also like to attend day two on 8th June, or have already completed day one training, please visit:

smiLE Therapy actively teaches social skills & functional communication skills to  make students as independent as they can be, by teaching them to communicate in real situations. Suitable for students who have communication needs due to Deafness, Learning Difficulties, Autism, Physical Disability, and Developmental Language Disorder, for children from age 7 to students at college and adults. It builds social skills within the small learning group. Core elements include before & after therapy video of a real task, self-evaluation, role play techniques for visual and immediate learning. Generalisation is built into the therapy to ensure transfer of skills and maximum impact, with a staff and parent/carer workshop essential parts of each module. Evidence based practice using before/after therapy clear quantitative outcomes. Outcomes are shared with students, parents/carers, management, heads, commissioners, OFSTED. Ideal for EHCPs (Education & Health Care Plans). 

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Suitable for Teachers, SLTs, SENCOs, Specialist Teaching Assistants, Occupational Therapists.

Course Tutor Karin Schamroth, Specialist SLT & author of smiLE Therapy: Functional Communication and Social Skills for Deaf Students and Students with Special Needs (Routledge, 2015)

“Absolutely excellent. Practical ideas taught through video and really practising the skills & processes by a practitioner who does this work. I will definitely put this into practice. Fantastic ideas! Amazing!” Phyllis, TOD

“Going through the 10 steps of the process lays out clearly what the process involves. Shows how pupils can develop their communication and language skills in everyday settings. Very good, clear and concise session. This can be used for all our pupils to improve their everyday communication & independence skills.” Ian, SENCO

“At last a course that actually is so practical and real!”  Claire, SLT

“Fully inspiring – love how the children learn for their whole future. Thank you!” Elizabeth, TA


  • the 10 steps in every smiLE Therapy module
  • to implement one module in detail
  • to tailor make that module to the individual needs of each student
  • to build social skills within the small group of students in an emotionally safe space


  • On the power of students watching back their videos post therapy that show their increased confidence & self-esteem


  • generalisation of new skills beyond the classroom into the community
  • clear quantitative outcomes for every module to share with management, commissioners, OFSTED
  • ideal for EHCPs to make communication functional and measurable

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