Signing with Lámh

Using Lámh

Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Lámh signs are used to support communication.  

Father and Son Communicating

Lámh Encourages Eye Contact

Using Lámh encourages eye contact and attention to movement. These are skills that are important for speech development.

The Benefits of Using Lámh - Boy Spelling Fun with Bricks

Develops Vocabulary

Using sign assists people to develop vocabulary and language skills. They have a means to try out and practice how language works.

Taking part in a conversation - the benefit of signing for children and adults

Helps Self-Expression

Many children and adults with communication needs can understand much more than they can express verbally. Signing can provide a means of taking part in conversation.

The Benefits of Using Lámh - Little Girl Trying out a New Sign with Mum

Motivates to Try Out New Words

If their speech is unclear or limited, the Lámh user may be more easily understood when they use signs. When you are understood you are delighted to realise you have been successful and are more likely to keep on trying - to try new words and say more!

The Benefits of Using Lámh - Mother and Child Giving Thumbs Up

Promotes Attention to Movements

Using gestures and making signs comes earlier for many children than saying the corresponding word. For many people using Lámh, it is easier to recognise and make gestures with their hands that it is for them to make speech sounds at first.

Communication with friends reduces frustration

Reduces Frustration

Lámh users may be more easily understood when they use signs with speech. When a person uses sign, the listener can have a better chance of understanding the message. Frustration is reduced when people are provided with a way of communicating.

Lámh-a-Song DVD box

A Nursery Rhyme DVD and book for young Lámh users. Lámh-a-Song is a DVD of 15 nursery rhymes for young children, sung and signed using Lámh signs.


Training Courses for Families

A new introductory workshop for families of babies who may go on to use Lámh signs or families who require a small number of signs.
The Family Lámh Course can be attended by parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles and others close to the family. The Family Lámh Course gives families the skills to support their child's sign use alongside Lámh sign training. Families also say they enjoy the opportunity to share experiences with other families using Lámh.
Families who have been to the Lámh Family Course might be interested in going along to a Part Two Family Course, when they feel they might need more signs, or some sign practice with a Lámh Tutor, or to talk about their Lámh use to hear how other families are getting on.

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