What is Lámh?

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

Want to know more?

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.

Courses Available

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.

Please contact me for more details.

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 children and Adults using Lámh.

Please contact me for more details.

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

Please contact me for more details.

This course offers an introductory workshop for families of babies who may go on to use Lámh signs or families who require a small number of signs.

Please contact me for more details.

Let me come to you! I provide in-service training for schools, organisations, pre-schools, parents ‘associations and other groups interested.

Please contact me for more details.

Courses Available

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.

Please contact me for more details.

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 children and Adults using Lámh.

Please contact me for more details.

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

Please contact me for more details.

This course offers an introductory workshop for families of babies who may go on to use Lámh signs or families who require a small number of signs.

Please contact me for more details.

Let me come to you! I provide in-service training for schools, organisations, pre-schools, parents ‘associations and other groups interested.

Please contact me for more details.

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Amanda Allen

ASD Unit Teacher, Ravenswell School. Bray. Co. Wicklow

“Silvia was extremely helpful. We want to introduce more Lámh in our ASD classroom. Her ideas for implementing Lámh were excellent.”

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Niamh O'Toole

Teacher, Balbriggan Educate Together N.S. Co. Dublin

“This training was extremely practical. Silvia was very charismatic, easy to listen to, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout…”

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Jurgita Valatkiene

Mother, Kilkenny

“My daughter started using some signs at home just a few days after. You made my puzzle come more to one piece.”

Amanda Allen

ASD Unit Teacher, Ravenswell School. Bray. Co. Wicklow.

“Silvia was extremely helpful. We want to introduce more Lámh in our ASD classroom. Her ideas for implementing Lámh were excellent.”

Niamh O'Toole

Teacher, Balbriggan Educate Together N.S. Co. Dublin

“This training was extremely practical. Silvia was very charismatic, easy to listen to, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout.”

Jurgita Valatkiene

Mother, Kilkenny

“My daughter started using some signs at home just a few days after. You made my puzzle come more to one piece.”

In light of the COVID-19 restrictions in place, all my Lámh courses have been postponed until further notice.

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Planning in-service training?

Let me come to you! I provide in-service training for schools, organisations, pre-schools, parents ‘associations and other groups interested.

Contact me and we can discuss how we can work together.

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Sheryl McElwee

(St. Augustine’s School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin)

“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.”

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Aeolugh Hurley

(Residential Services
Nua Healthcare)

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

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Níamh O’Toole

(Balbriggan Educate Together National School.)

“Silvia was very charismatic, easy to listen to, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout. 100% prepared. Fabulous resources.”

Sheryl McElwee

(St. Augustine’s School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin)

“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.”

Aeolugh Hurley

(Residential Services
Nua Healthcare)

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

Níamh O’Toole

(Balbriggan Educate Together National School.)

“Silvia was very charismatic, easy to listen to, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout. 100% prepared. Fabulous resources.”

Lámh Sign Videos

For more information on Lámh visit the official Lámh website.

www.lamh.org