POPARD Two-Day Conference

SMILE: Structured Methods in Language Education

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 25 & 26, 2018 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Pacific Autism Family Centre, Richmond, BC

POPARD is excited to present a 2-day Conference on SMILE: an evidence-based program proven effective in developing language and reading skills in all students, including those with profound disabilities.

Do you have a student who has difficulty with phonemic awareness and has failed to learn to speak or read through conventional approaches?

  • Learn how SMILE can teach speech, reading and writing to students with the most severe language-learning problems.
  • Be introduced to the scope and sequence of the SMILE curriculum that takes students from where they have no intelligible speech to a more appropriate conversational and reading competence.
  • Compare the SMILE curriculum to other natural and phonic-based methods.
  • Learn the goals and short-term objectives for each of the five SMILE modules and incorporate them into the student’s IEP.

Participants will leave this training prepared to teach students and implement the program.


Enid Wolf-Schein, the author of SMILE, has her Doctorate in Special Education, is a certified Speech Language Pathologist and has published extensively in academic journals.
Assisted by Jemana Elsharkawi, who holds a Masters Degree in Special Education, is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), and was trained by Dr. Wolf-Schein.

    Time and Location

Date: Thursday and Friday, October 25 & 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Pacific Autism Family Centre in Richmond, BC.
Daily buffet lunch and refreshments included


The Pacific Autism Family Centre is in Richmond, BC.
3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC V7B 1C7
There are a limited number of free parking spots available. Overflow paid parking is located nearby at the Pacific Gateway Hotel or at the BCIT Aerospace facility.


The Pacific Gateway Hotel is located in Richmond, BC. To receive the special conference room rate of $139 per night for a deluxe room with water view, please mention POPARD when making your reservation. This rate will be honoured until September 24, 2018. For online booking and free parking, click here, and refer to the registration page.


Hoping to promote the use of SMILE within BC schools, POPARD is providing significant fee subsidies to employees of BC School Districts. The SMILE Kit will be also offered at a reduced rate to qualified participants. The SMILE Kit contains a messenger bag,manual, USB flash drives, Teacher's Guides, sound, picture and word guides and more. The SMILE Kit is required for all participants.

To register and to purchase a SMILE Kit, please click here.

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