NHS Practitioner Activity
Practitioners and Therapists in the NHS could be:
- Learning Disability Nurses
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech and Language therapists
- Sensory Integration Practitioners
Practitioners and Therapists in the NHS could working with patients who have:
- Profound and Complex Needs
Tacpac has also been most helpful as a transition activity, when a young person of transitions from childrens’ services to adult services. If the young person has already been using Tacpac, therapists and other pratitioners find it very helpful for consistency, to continue using Tacpac.
Full Assessments and Profiling
Professionals from the various disciplines can do their own full assessments and sensory profiling to see which way the receiver will benefit from Tacpac. For example, a profile might tell who would like a light touch, or who will like deep pressure. During the process, they can also tell which staff are more at ease with using touch and music as a communication tool. The benefit to staff is that they find it helpful to have a resource which is structured and prescriptive. Staff are asked to look for tiny measures and signs of communication.
Tacpac can be used as a therapeutic intervention rather than just as a diversion therapy. On the website we have given you a suggested observation record keeping structure which you might find helpful when you first start your observations and assessments.
Trained NHS staff also take Tacpac into the homes they are visiting, modelling to parents and carers how to use the packs. Usually there is a time limit on about 8 weeks for this, before the staff move to another home or setting, and the family are able to continue without their practitioner.
We welcome any NHS departments to be involved with practise and research with Tacpac. Please give us a call if you think we can help you with mobilising your department to use Tacpac with your service users. We are just beginning, but hope to gain a community of NHS givers and receivers.