University of Edinburgh

An Introduction to smiLE Therapy (Strategies & Measurable Interaction in Live English)

Functional communication and social skills for deaf students and students with special needs

Presented on Friday, 11th March 2016


smiLE Therapy is for young people who have communication needs due to Deafness (BSL and English speakers), specific language impairment, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and Autistic spectrum disorders.

This introductory course provided the core information needed to try out smiLE Therapy with pupils/students. Film clips of the range of modules and the range of students who can benefit from the therapy were shown. By exploring one smiLE Therapy module in detail, all the 10 steps needed in a module were demonstrated; this was illustrated with film clips of the therapy in action with a group of students. There was also opportunity to consider where to start in participants’ own work setting.

Participants said:

"Great ideas and very clear process for carrying out the intervention."

[How will you use ...?] "Cascade to staff - discuss the therapy with the staff - discuss how we can use/who with. Buy book to help look at whole therapy. Can see how it will benefit a lot of pupils and fit in with our Health and Wellbeing programme."

Target Audience

Teachers of the deaf, educational psychologists, speech & language therapists, and all other professionals who support deaf students with communication needs.


Karin Schamroth, Independent Speech & Language Therapist, London


10.10 am

Introduction to smiLE Therapy
Snapshot: structure of a typical module
Scoring before/after therapy videos in pairs


Steps 1 to 5 with video clips to illustrate smiLE Therapy
Pairs work to practice skills

1.15 pm

Steps 6-9 with video clips to illustrate smiLE Therapy

2.25 pm

Step 10
smiLE Therapy with the multidisciplinary team
Looking forward: smiLE Therapy in your workplace

3.40 pm

Summing up & Course Evaluation