This programme is for professionals* seeking further comprehensive training in how to better facilitate Lámh signing for individuals using a total communication approach and who may want to progress to Lámh Tutor Training.
*Am I eligible?
If you are interested in attending this course, but not certain if you meet the criteria, you can make an enquiry by clicking HERE.
This will open an email and you can send your query to us where we will assist you.
A programme leading to 2 QQI Level 5 module components.
This 4 day course includes:
- sign training in 400 signs,
- the Lámh assessment process,
- implementation of a signing programme as well as,
- content on advocacy, choice-making,
- legislation and Total Communication,
- certification by QQI
- post-training support from a Lámh Tutor.
Following the course dates, applicants will have 10 weeks to complete an assignment.
Using Lámh in a Total Communication Approach has been developed by Lámh and the Open Training College. This course leads to two QQI Level 5 Award Level 5 components – further education and training from the QQI Intellectual Disability Practice Award. The components are: Facilitating Communication through Lámh and Total Communication.
This course is for those who use Lámh extensively in their work and are involved in supporting Lámh users and their families, and is suitable for those working with adults with disabilities as well as children of all ages, and with a range of communication needs. Completion of the course and assignment is a requirement for becoming a Lámh Tutor.
*Assignment: You are required to complete a project, similar to a case study, with a person you are supporting as part of your regular work. You should incorporate the Lamh assessment findings into the project, with an implementation plan based on those findings.
The Assignment is an important part of this course, and ensuring that you have an individual to work on it with, is vital before commencing.
The project must have positive benefits for the person. To help you identify a person before you apply for the course, here is the Assignment Scenario:
- You will work with a service user to develop their communication environment and introduce Lamh and other appropriate Total Communication tools.
- You will be required to complete a detailed analysis of their current communication environment and identify the potential for a total communication approach.
- You will complete the Lamh Assessment Process with the individual and design and implement a Lamh signing Plan for the individual and their communication partners.
If you feel you may have difficulty completing the above based on the current people you support at work, showing the above to your supervisor or manager may help you both identify individuals in your school or service that may be able to work with for this project, with the individuals parent or carer’s permissions.
If you require further guidance, you can email the tutors to clarify by clicking HERE.
Participants will receive:
Lámh Sign Books 2 & 3
Lámh Assessment Booklet
Lámh Record Form
QQI briefing notes
Post-training support from a Lámh Mentor
Full Access to Lámh Signs Online
Refreshments and a Light Lunch is provided*
*We do our best to accommodate your dietary requirements, but it may not be always possible to accommodate complex dietary needs or severe allergies. On these occasions, we would ask you to provide your own packed lunch.
Comments from previous course participants:
‘Have really enjoyed the course. Go back to work with a clearer picture in my head about teaching signs and using a total communication approach in my work.’
‘…focus for me was to learn lots of signs and to learn how to use and teach them effectively. This goal has been well covered.’
‘I love that we are encouraged to be in touch and have access to tutorials. It was a very interactive and enjoyable course.’
‘The assignments really helped the child to progress in use of communication skills in everyday settings and with his peers.’
Course delivered by Lámh Tutors Margaret Farrell, Imogen Carter & Marijke Morris, who are SLTs experienced in the area of disability and communication.
Marijke is the Lead Clinician for CATTS. She has more than 19 years experience in Speech and Language Therapy. She also has experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), including Lamh (signing), the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and high tech communication devices. Marijke is trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which assesses social and communicative behaviour associated with autism.