The SMILE kit is a complete language/literacy program, easily implemented and shown to be effective in teaching language skills to individuals of all ages, with profound disabilities. It uses progressive methods of instruction, and drill in phonics, word building, comprehension, fluency, sentence structure, and reading of narrative and informational texts.
It is a step-by-step, multisensory program, based on the Association Method, to teach spoken language, reading and writing, in an integrated way, to individuals struggling with the most severe language learning and literacy problems. It has been used successfully with a wide variety of students with special-needs, including those with Autism, Traumatic Brain Disorder, intellectual deficits, hearing and vision disorders, and other problems. It can readily be learned by speech-language pathologists and regular and special education teachers.
Intelligible speech, and literacy, can be a goal for any student. With SMILE, and incorporating appropriate modifications, almost all students—including those with the most severe language learning disorder, hearing impairment, or other significant handicaps, should achieve success.
SMILE teaches habits of attention and imitation, going from the most basic attending skills, to the use of language in a descriptive and conversational manner. It works well with Auditory-Verbal, ABA and other approaches.
Sequence of SMILE Skills:
– Attention Getting
– Phonemic Awareness
– Sound-letter Knowledge
– Auditory and Visual Discrimination
– Sound and Letter Sequencing
– Word Recognition
– Word Building by Syllable
– Development of Picture/Word Association
– Transition to Short Sentences
– Development of Concept Stories
SMILE is divided into five Language Modules, each building upon the other. An important part of the routine for each Module is the production of personalize Reading Books, and Workbooks, that are started only after a skill is learned. The books contain material familiar to the individual student, and are adapted to meet the individual’s visual capability.
The SMILE Kit includes a Manual with detailed instructions for implementing the SMILE program, a flash drive with 5 reproducible Supplementary Teacher’s Guides (one for each module) which contain Forms, Worksheets, activities and a series of student workbooks Also included are Sound, Word and Picture Flash Cards. All SMiLE materials, plus a White Board and Dry-Erase Markers, come in an easy-to-carry Messenger Bag.
The SMILE kit is created by Enid Wolf-Schelin. The author of SMILE, Dr. Wold-Schelin has her Doctorate in Special Education, is a certified Speech Language Pathologist and has published extensively in academic journals.
SMILE is a complete language/literacy program, easily implemented and shown to be effective in teaching language skills to individuals of all ages, with profound disabilities. It uses progressive methods of instruction, and drill in phonics, word building, comprehension, fluency, sentence structure, and reading of narrative and informational texts.
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