LÁMH Sign of the Week

What is Lamh?

Lámh is the manual or key word sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland.

Lámh is grant-aided by the HSE. Lámh is endorsed by the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and Down Syndrome Ireland.

Lámh Signing Guidelines

  • Always speak the word along with the Lámh sign.
  • Use appropriate facial expression and body language to emphasise what you want to communicate.
  • Make the sign accurately at all times.
  • Face the person and make sure you have their attention.
  • Always use your dominant hand.
  • Don’t hold things in your hands when signing.
  • Make signs within the ‘signing space’ – (usually this means from the waist outwards and includes face and shoulders)
  • Don’t cover your mouth when signing!
  • To indicate more than one of something, make the sign twice.

Lamh Signs