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Monday 23 January 2017

New app teaches sign language with a smile

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan with James Heneghan (6) from Donadea, Co Kildare, Julianne Haide (6) from Blessington, Co Wicklow, and Pat Clarke, CEO of DSI, at the launch of the Lámh app
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan with James Heneghan (6) from Donadea, Co Kildare, Julianne Haide (6) from Blessington, Co Wicklow, and Pat Clarke, CEO of DSI, at the launch of the Lámh app

Bursting into laughter while learning a new skill is definitely a good sign.

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There was plenty of fun at the Department of Education as a new play and learning app for children with intellectual disabilities, devised by Irish tech firm Legion Interactive, was launched by Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan.

The Lámh Time App is designed for children who use Lámh sign language as an extra prop for communication.

Sinead Heneghan from Kildare, whose son James (6) has Down Syndrome and is in Junior Infants at school, said the sign language has proven a lifesaver for her son because it helps him to communicate through sign and word together.

Pat Clark, CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland, said the app would be a great help to parents and could also be used to teach siblings and classmates of children with disabilities to help communication between all.

Irish Independent

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