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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"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

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

Join my newsletter to be informed when I restart Lámh training live and online.

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

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For more information on Lámh visit the official Lámh website.

www.lamh.org