What is S.M.I.L.E?
S.M.I.L.E. stands for speech, milestones, interaction, language and expression. It is a fun, play based group for children aged 18-30 months who need that little bit of extra help with their early speech and language development.
Your child can be referred into S.M.I.L.E. by your Health Visitor or Family Support Services so please speak to either of these if you have any concerns and think this group could help you and your child. The referral will then be considered and you will be invited to attend an assessment session.
The sessions are delivered once a week for 6 weeks, run by Speech and Language Assistant Practitioners, supported by Speech and Language Therapists. They help and support your child through fun, play based activities which include singing rhymes, turn-taking and attention and listening games for you to then try at home.
What happens at the group?
Every S.M.I.L.E. group will follow the same routine. You are responsible for your child during the session and you will be invited to sit and help your child to join in all activities. The Speech and Language Assistant Practitioners are available both during and after each session to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
For further tips and advice on play, download our Play guidance here.