Lámh is a manual sign system of communication designed for children with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. It is based on Irish Sign Language but there are less signs and the hand positions are less complex. With Lámh, only key words of a sentence are used and can help assist communication. Lámh signs are always used with speech. These signs can be combined to form sentences.
In Firies National School, we support continuity in the learning of students with special educational needs. The use of Lámh provides inclusion and can be used as part of a total communications approach. We have a system in place where two 6th class students are selected to teach two new signs each week to all classes and teachers. These new signs, including a description, can be viewed on the Notice Board in the corridor. This helps to reinforce our learning everyday, which is enjoyed by all.
There is free access to Lámh signs on-line until the end of August 2020. The website is www.lamh.org