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

Little Lámh Workshop

Date: 24th March (7-9 pm)

45

Little Lámh is an introductory course for parents
of babies who may go on to use Lámh signs.

Family Lámh Course

Dates: 15th & 22nd March | 12th & 19th April

175

The Family Lámh Course is for parents, siblings (12+ years of age), grandparents and other close family members.

Start With 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.

Lámh Add-On Courses

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.

Lámh Training For Families

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.

Little Lámh Workshops

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.

In-Service Training

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

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"Silvia was extremely helpful. Her ideas for implementing Lámh in our ASD classroom were excellent."

Amanda Allen | Teacher
Ravenswell N.S. Bray

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"My daughter started using some signs at home just a few days after. You made the pieces of my puzzle come together."

Jurgita Valatkiene | Mother, Kilkenny

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

Sheryl McElwee | SNA
St. Augustine’s N.S, Blackrock

"Silvia was extremely helpful. Her ideas for implementing Lámh in our ASD classroom were excellent."

Amanda Allen | Teacher
Ravenswell N.S. Bray

"My daughter started using some signs at home just a few days after. You made the pieces of my puzzle come together."

Jurgita Valatkiene | Mother, Kilkenny

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

Sheryl McElwee | SNA
St. Augustine’s N.S, Blackrock

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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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"Silvia was very charismatic, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout"

Niamh O’Toole | Teacher
Educate Together N.S. Balbriggan

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

Aeolugh Hurley
Residential Services, Nua Healthcare

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"I feel I am leaving today with a good basic knowledge of Lámh which I can now use straight away.”

Mairéad Hurley | Trainee SNA
Dublin

"Silvia was very charismatic, extremely knowledgeable and her experience shone throughout"

Niamh O’Toole | Teacher
Educate Together N.S. Balbriggan

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

Aeolugh Hurley
Residential Services, Nua Healthcare

"I feel I am leaving today with a good basic knowledge of Lámh which I can now use straight away.”

Mairéad Hurley | Trainee SNA
Dublin

Little Lámh Workshop

Date: 24th March (7-9 pm)

45

Little Lámh is an introductory course for parents
of babies who may go on to use Lámh signs.

Family Lámh Course

Dates: 15th & 22nd March | 12th & 19th April

175

The Family Lámh Course is for parents, siblings (12+ years of age), grandparents and other close family members.

Lámh Sign Videos

Lámh Sign For Quiet

Lámh Sign For Quiet

THE SIGN OF THE WEEK: Quiet.
Did you know that when you use signs with instructions, children are 4 times more likely to respond?…

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Lámh Sign For Glove

Lámh Sign For Glove

THE SIGN OF THE WEEK: Glove.
Yep, it’s cold out, but a great opportunity to teach children signs for clothing items, like the sign for GLOVES…

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Christmas Signs

Christmas Signs

In this Christmas video, I have included some additional signs that people often ask for, such as elf, sleigh, and star.
I hope this video helps you to continue learning signs and giving children with communication difficulties a voice.

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For more information on Lámh visit the official Lámh website.

www.lamh.org