University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 21: An Introduction to smiLE Therapy (Strategies & Measurable Interaction in Live English)

Presented on Thursday, 18th February 2016

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 15
Number of Respondents: 15

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

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.
In some ways, yes, I will use this by either using in 1:1 setting or suggesting to schools to use as a wider, whole school approach.
Within my learning support base, improving social skills of pupils highlighted by school/support workers. New refugees within the school.
With students who need support with their communication skills in primary school.
Working with individual and groups of deaf children to improve their communication skills.
Will consider using with one or two deaf pupils I work with.
Skills and strategies to build on skills for life.
Adapt it for my service users.
Could do it with P1 and P2 profoundly deaf children with support from their CSWs. It will encourage independence from young age.
Use this process to formalise many skills already incorporated in everyday activities, and life skills which are taught across the school.
I will use it across a range of pupils with support needs and autistic spectrum issues.
Discuss with staff and identify pupils who would benefit from the therapy.
I have four pupils in mind, but they attend different mainstream schools. Will share info about smiLE with colleagues.
Work with nursery/infant deaf/ASD pupils - some with limited language and communication skills, so would have to adapt the strategies.
In future - SLT work and therapies.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation



Pacing of course/event



What was best about the course/event?

Watching the videos to help understanding of strategies suggested. Step-by-step accounts. Knowledge of presenter.
Good mixture of videos and speaking. Visual presentation.
The techniques can be used in many different settings and to suit specific needs, not just deaf students.
The videos with the examples.
Lots of videos and examples of before and after therapy really helped.
Enjoyed the video clips - seeing theory in practice. Also practical task as measure of performance.
The exposure to different strategies.
Great ideas and very clear process for carrying out the intervention.
Good therapy to complement work on curriculum skills. Social skills so important.
Good structure to assess and teach communication skills for children who struggle with some interaction.
The videos so I could see progression.
Film clips - seeing the before and after.
The demonstration of before, after and post therapy videos to see the impact of smiLE therapy.
Watching video clips and seeing the progress of the pupils from initial video to final one. Also like the checklist.
Practical work.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Something 'noisy' in room - fan/projector? - distracting. Afternoon too long, could have been condensed and finished half hour earlier.
If the video clips were integrated into the PowerPoint slides, the presentation would have been smoother. I did love the videos. They were fantastic.
It could have been delivered at a faster pace.
Including a book with the fee for the course, or having this as an option so you can leave with it.
Would like to have seen one video clip from start to finish without stopping, as sometimes lost the flow to what was happening. Slightly slow.
Pace was very slow considering most staff were experienced in working with deaf pupils or those with additional support needs.
Faster pace and book included in price of course.
Pace seemed to slow down as the day went on and things repeated maybe more often than necessary.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 2
Course Info Email from SSC: 6
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
Colleague: 1