Lámh is Ireland's manual sign system designed for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and communication needs.
Lámh supports communication and is endorsed by Down Syndrome Ireland and the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists.
Lámh currently has 586 signs.
New signs for technology, sports and other general signs were added in 2019.
Why Use Lámh?:
- Using Lámh signs can reduce frustration, as the Lámh user is able to use signs to ask for what they want, to answer and to take part in conversation.
- The Lámh user may be more easily understood when they use signs and this encourages many to try new words and say more.
- Signing naturally encourages people to slow down a little so there is more time to work out the message
- Signing encourages eye contact and attention to movement; skills that are important for supporting speech development.
- Lámh trains the Lámh Tutors:
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.
- There are 220 Lámh Tutors working in services around Ireland.
- Different Lámh Courses are available at Lámh.org. (Link in Post Caption).
- Lámh courses have been developed for families, schools and workplaces.
Lámh Signs Online:
- Individuals who have attended a Lámh Course can view video clips and details of Lámh signs demonstrated by Lámh sign experts.
- These Lámh sign video clips are a part of your Lámh Course Training Pack, and are of most benefit when used alongside of the Lámh Handbook & Signbook.