Tips & Support

"The freedom to communicate enhances a person’s life experience."

Ideas for Supporting the Lámh User

  • Build sign use into activities - introducing signs while shopping, at work or during coffee break provides a rich source of vocabulary and opportunity.

  • Use some signs in the kitchen while cooking dinner, e.g. food, open, fridge, fork, knife, hot, etc. The person may be using some other forms of AAC, e.g. a communication book that could be used along with sign.

  • Introduce topics of conversation using books, TV, internet. Watch a video of Maura and Barry having a chat using Lámh Chat Using Lámh

  • The best way to use signs is to include them in day-to-day activities and routines - this is much better than than having specific ‘Lámh time’, which can lead to having signs only being used during this set time.

  • Use the Lámh-a-Song DVD or Lámh Time App to practice and introduce new signs in a fun way!

Need to brush up on your Lámh Signs?

Lámh & Communication Support

  • Please contact the Lámh Development Office for leaflets 'What is Lámh?', 'Module One Lámh Course' or 'Lámh Apps & Resources'.

  • Download the useful and practical booklet 'TOTAL COMMUNICATION' by Helen Sanderson, free of charge at Total Communication BOOKLET

  • Service providers may be at quite different stages when it comes to their experience of Lámh. Some services may have Lámh Tutors on their staff team. Other services may not have much experience of Lámh use at all. The Lámh Development Office can provide information for services at all stages.

  • Different Lámh Courses are available to suit different training needs. Those attending are drawing on experiences of supporting people with communication needs and can use the Lámh signs and skills they have learned immediately following the course.

  • Lámh Tutors are speech and language therapists, teachers, nurses and other staff members who work in services and run Lámh training as part of their regular working role.