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Today, many children with special needs use Lámh successfully at home, school and in the community. Children with a variety of diagnosis such as Down syndrome, autism, and developmental delays, benefit enormously from using sign language to communicate.

Lámh has been designed to support spoken language; the signs are always used with speech. As children develop they naturally drop the signs as they learn to speak.

However, using signs can still help older children and adults whose speech is unclear.

Why use Lámh?

Lámh supports young children to develop a good foundation for speech and language development. By using signs, children learn to listen and pay attention, they grow vocabulary at a faster pace and experience less frustration as they can be easily understood by using signs.

Children who use Lámh need the support of people around them. Fortunately, the Lámh community is growing rapidly with many families, schools, preschools and therapy centres joining in.

Are you ready to join the Lámh family?

Find the right course

Get started with Module 1

Grow your vocabulary with the add-on courses

Lámh training for families

Workshops for siblings and classmates

In-service training

Lámh Module 1

This is a one-day course where you will learn over 100 signs. You will learn about communication with people with language difficulties, communication systems, and how to implement and create a signing environment.
You will receive the Module 1 certificate that will allow you to progress to further training. Participants don’t need previous knowledge of Lámh to take part in this module.

Module 1 add-on course for communication partners of children using l?mh

This workshop will help you to grow your Lámh vocabulary, as well as learn more strategies on how to implement Lámh successfully. Participants need to have previously completed L?mh Module 1 to take part. This course is specifically for communication partners of children using Lámh.

Module 1 add-on course for communication partners of adults using L?mh

This workshop will help you to grow your Lámh vocabulary, as well as learn more strategies on how to implement Lámh successfully. Participants need to have previously completed Lámh Module 1 to take part. This course is specifically for communication partners of adults using Lámh.

Family Lámh - Part 1

If you are a family member, this course is for you. Parents, siblings, grandparents and others close to the child can attend this training.
In this course, you will learn over 150 signs and how implement these signs at home to support communication. You will also learn ways to encourage your child to use signs.

Family Lámh - Part 2

This course is for family members who completed the Family Lámh Course and use Lámh regularly at home. With this course, you will have the opportunity to get more practice and grow your vocabulary even more. This course can be helpful at times of transitions like moving on from pre-school to primary school where more signs will be needed.

Workshops for children

This workshop is for siblings, classmates, and friends of children with special needs. Children will learn over 30 signs and how to use these signs to communicate with their sibling or friend.
Children do not need previous training or knowledge of Lámh to join this workshop.

Book one of my Lámh courses

In light of the COVID-19 situation, all Lámh courses have been postponed until further notice.

In-service training

for schools & organisations

All the Lámh courses and workshops I provide can also be done as internal training for schools, organisations, pre-schools and others groups interested.

Learning Lámh together can help schools and organisations implement Lámh more effectively.
Contact me for more information on how we can work together.

"This training was extremely practical. I learned new skills, ideas and games. Silvia was very charismatic, easy to listen to, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout. 100% prepared. Fabulous resources."

Níamh O’Toole, Teacher, Balbriggan Educate Together N.S.

"Brilliant course. One of the most useful I have taken part of in 14 years as an SNA. Silvia is Personable, passionate, articulate and a very knowledgeable Lámh trainer."

Sheryl McElwee, SNA. St. Augustine’s School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

"Silvia took on board the needs of those we support and gave advice on how to meet their needs. She is extremely knowledgeable."

Aeolugh Hurley, Residential Services, Nua Healthcare.

What is Lámh?

Lámh is a manual hand sign language system used by children and adults with intellectual disabilities and communication difficulties in Ireland.

Today, many children with special needs use Lámh successfully at home, school and in the community. Children with a variety of diagnosis such as Down syndrome, autism, and developmental delays, benefit enormously from using sign language to communicate.

Lámh has been designed to support spoken language; the signs are always used with speech. As children develop they naturally drop the signs as they learn to speak.

However, using signs can still help older children and adults whose speech is unclear.

Why use Lámh?

Lámh supports young children to develop a good foundation for speech and language development. By using signs, children learn to listen and pay attention, they grow vocabulary at a faster pace and experience less frustration as they can be easily understood by using signs.

Many children in Ireland are communicating successfully using Lámh. Fortunately, the Lámh community is growing rapidly with many families, schools, preschools and therapy centres joining in.

Are you ready to join the Lámh family?

Find the right course

Get started with Module 1

Grow your vocabulary with the add-on courses

Lámh training for families

Workshops for siblings and classmates

In-service training

Lámh Module 1

This is a one-day course where you will learn over 100 signs. You will learn about communication with people with language difficulties, communication systems, and how to implement and create a signing environment.
You will receive the Module 1 certificate that will allow you to progress to further training. Participants don’t need previous knowledge of Lámh to take part in this module.

Module 1 add-on course for communication partners of children using Lámh

This workshop will help you to grow your Lámh vocabulary, as well as learn more strategies on how to implement Lámh successfully. Participants need to have previously completed L?mh Module 1 to take part. This course is specifically for communication partners of children using Lámh.

Module 1 add-on course for communication partners of adults using Lámh

This workshop will help you to grow your Lámh vocabulary, as well as learn more strategies on how to implement Lámh successfully. Participants need to have previously completed Lámh Module 1 to take part. This course is specifically for communication partners of adults using Lámh.

Family Lámh - Part 1

If you are a family member, this course is for you. Parents, siblings, grandparents and others close to the child can attend this training.
In this course, you will learn over 150 signs and how implement these signs at home to support communication. You will also learn ways to encourage your child to use signs.

Family Lámh - Part 2

This course is for family members who completed the Family Lámh Course and use Lámh regularly at home. With this course, you will have the opportunity to get more practice and grow your vocabulary even more. This course can be helpful at times of transitions like moving on from pre-school to primary school where more signs will be needed.

Workshops for children

This workshop is for siblings, classmates, and friends of children with special needs. Children will learn over 30 signs and how to use these signs to communicate with their sibling or friend.
Children do not need previous training or knowledge of Lámh to join this workshop.

In-service training

for schools & organisations

All the Lámh courses and workshops I provide can also be done as internal training for schools, organisations, pre-schools and other groups interested.

Learning Lámh together can help schools and organisations implement Lámh more effectively.
Contact me for more information on how we can work together.

"This training was extremely practical. I learned new skills, ideas and games. Silvia was very charismatic, easy to listen to, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout. 100% prepared. Fabulous resources."

Níamh O’Toole, Teacher, Balbriggan Educate Together N.S.

"Brilliant course. One of the most useful I have taken part of in 14 years as an SNA. Silvia is Personable, passionate, articulate and a very knowledgeable Lámh trainer."

Sheryl McElwee, SNA. St. Augustine’s School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

"Silvia took on board the needs of those we support and gave advice on how to meet their needs. She is extremely knowledgeable."

Aeolugh Hurley, Residential Services, Nua Healthcare.