Tactile Communication sets
Tactile Communication Sessions are something we have used at Ty Gwyn for many many years. The original TacPac format has been adapted by staff to link in with the many themes and topics.
The following information is taken from the TacPac UK website.
What is TacPac?
Tacpac draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour of sensory communication between two people. Tacpac creates sensory alignment and helps people of any age who have sensory impairment, developmental delay, complex learning difficulties, tactile defensiveness, and limited or pre-verbal levels of communication.
Benefits of using Tactile Communication Sessions in school
'TacPac' can be used with a whole class, or with one or two pupils individually. It can be used in any environment – classroom or even outdoors; anywhere that is relatively free from clutter and sensory distractions. 'Tacpac' can be used to create sensory stories which are relevant to the term topic or time of the year. It can also be used to measure progress over time on any of the normal assessment tools and it can be integrated into many different parts of the curriculum. When used regularly, Tacpac helps children to interact with those around them as they build a bond of trust with their Tacpac partner. Anyone can do Tacpac with anyone else, be they a teacher, a SENCO, a physiotherapist, or even another student. When Tacpac is scheduled at the same time each week, the pupils learn to anticipate the session which increases the overall benefit of the communication during ‘Tacpac time.