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Structured Methods in Language Education

   Based on the Association Method
      Enid Wolf-Schein, Ed.D. CCC-SLP

                 FDLRS REACH
         Rhonda Bachmann and Ruth Rogge
            What is SMiLE

SMiLE is a multisensory program that
teaches speech, reading and writing in an
integrated way to individuals with the
most severe language-learning and
literacy problems. Information is
presented in a combination of visual,
auditory, tactile and kinestheitic
SMiLE can serve as the major speech-
language and literacy approach in the
classroom and can be embedded within
other components of the curriculum.
            Pupil Population
• SMiLE was developed to benefit pupils
  exhibiting significant challenges with speech,
  language and literacy development. This
  includes pupils labeled:
  –   Deaf
  –   Hard of Hearing
  –   Autistic
  –   Brain injured
  –   Mentally handicapped
         Why use SMiLE?

• SMILE addresses all 5 areas of Reading
• SMILE begins with nonspeech activities
• SMILE develops nonverbal attending skills
• SMILE uses consistent, precise, structured
• SMILE teaches articulation/expression of
• SMILE focuses on phonemic awareness
       Why Use SMiLE Con’t

• SMILE teaches initial pronunciation with
  pauses between sounds to assure student
  awareness of sounds
• SMILE develops meaningful comprehension
  of learned vocabulary
• SMILE provides incremental development in
  continued practice
• SMILE provides data sheets for monitoring
• SMILE provides a context of success
     Sequence of SMiLE Skills

1. Attention getting    6. Word recognition
2. Phonemic             7. Word building by
awareness               syllable
3. Sound-letter         8. Development of
knowledge               picture/word
4. Auditory and
                        9. Transition to short
visual discrimination   sentences
5. Sound and letter     10. Development of
sequencing              concept stories
 There are 5
SMiLE Modules
Module 1
        SMiLE Module 1
 Attention-getting activities
 Beginning teaching of phonemes
    — sounds and letters
 Consonant-vowel combinations

Creation of Sounds “basal” reader and
student workbook
Module 2
          SMiLE Module 2
        Teaching 50 nouns
 Cross Drill leads to learning words
 Reinforced by saying, reading and writing
   as well as associating with objects
   and pictures.

 Creation of Words “basal” reader and
student workbook
Module 3
            SMiLE Module 3
• When a pupil has learned approximately 50 nouns,
  we begin teaching:

• Comprehension of these concepts is developed
  through a Yes/No format
Module 4
      SMiLE Module 4
This module teaches simple sentences
followed by the appropriate question to
elicit the sentence.
For example:
                   I see a ___.
What do you see?   I see an ___.
                   I see some ___.
Module 5
       SMiLE Module 5

Module 5 develops descriptive stories
including questions and answers.
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                         Q ui k T i      and   a   TI FF   ( Unc o m pr es s ed)   dec om pr es s or   ar e   need ed   t o   s ee      s
                                                                                                                                     t hi    c
                                                                                                                                            pi t ur e.

What is this?                                                                                                     This is a boat.
What color is the boat?                                                                                           The boat is red and blue.
How many sails has the boat?                                                                                      The boat has two sails.
Is it in the water?                                                                                               It is in the water.
• Let’s take a look at Aleksander
  learning his first phoneme.

• Now we’ll see Joshua learn a

• Then we will look at Jacqueline.
• Next, we will see Joshua learning a
          Data Collection

• Pre/Post Assessment
• Sounds data chart
• Words data chart

• Data Collection Results
• If you would a SMILE training in your location,
  contact the creator/consultant,
  Enid Wolf -Schein at:

To contact Rhonda or Ruth:
  0r 754 321-2201