Lámh supports communication - between parents and child, between siblings, between friends. It can be a stepping stone to communicating with the world. If you're new to Lámh, find out about learning and using Lámh.
Signing with 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.
Lámh Encourages Eye Contact
Using Lámh encourages eye contact and attention to movement. These are skills that are important for speech development.
Using sign assists people to develop vocabulary and language skills. They have a means to try out and practice how language works.
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.
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!
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.
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 Time App
Lámh Time App is a new play and learning app for children who use Lámh Signs© to support their communication, and for families and professionals using Lámh Signs with them. Expert presenters Maura and Keith use Lámh Signs to guide Lámh users through fun ‘Knock, knock’ and ‘Where’s my…?’ activities, as well as illustrated stories.
Download the Lámh Time app from iTunes
Little Lámh App
The Little Lámh App helps families to begin to use Lámh signs to support their child's communication. The App includes videos and descriptions of 26 Lámh signs. The App has been designed to accompany the Little Lámh Workshop for parents, which combines sign teaching with practical advice about supporting communication.
Download the Little Lámh app from iTunes
Training Courses for Families
Don't see a course for you? Make sure to ask your speech and language therapist, service or employer as not all courses are listed here.