17 November


The Ear Foundation, Nottingham


smiLE Therapy (strategies & measurable interaction in Live English) explicitly teaches the communication and social skills that support students to become confident young adults. This innovative therapy takes real everyday situations eg. going to the shop, asking in the school office, requesting at a train station, meeting a supervisor at work experience, and breaks down the communication and social skills needed into small manageable steps that can be practiced and learned. These are carefully designed to meet the specific needs of each student. Before and after therapy videos provide clear outcome measures for each module. Generalisation and transfer of skills around school/college and into the community is built into the therapy, with parent and staff workshops being an integral part of each module. This way the impact of the therapy can be far-reaching and skills learned for life.